April 13, 2017
Contact: SA Timothy Desmond
Phone Number: 617-557-2100
UPS Employee Sentenced For Cocaine Trafficking
Worked for a Drug Trafficking Organization that Shipped Packages from Puerto Rico to Massachusetts
APR 13 - BOSTON - A former United Parcel (UPS) employee was sentenced in federal court in Boston in connection with his role in a cocaine trafficking organization that shipped cocaine concealed in UPS packages from Puerto Rico to Massachusetts.
Jorge Carrasquillo-Ortiz, 41, of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Senior Judge Rya Zobel to three years in prison and two years of supervised release. In January 2017, Carrasquillo-Ortiz pled guilty to one count of attempted distribution of 500 grams of cocaine.
Carrasquillo-Ortiz, a UPS employee in Puerto Rico, worked on behalf of a drug trafficking organization that shipped cocaine laden packages from Puerto Rico to Massachusetts via UPS. Carrasquillo-Ortiz was paid $1,200 for each kilogram of cocaine that he shipped on behalf of the drug trafficking organization.
In June 2016, a cooperating witness began placing recorded telephone calls to Carrasquillo-Ortiz in which they made plans for a six-kilo shipment. The telephone calls culminated in the delivery of a box containing six kilos of “sham” cocaine to Carrasquillo-Ortiz in Puerto Rico, who then snuck the package through UPS security, which was then placed on a UPS airplane and delivered to Massachusetts. Carrasquillo-Ortiz then called back the cooperating witness, expecting payment for his services; instead, Carrasquillo-Ortiz was arrested at his home in August 2016.
Michael J. Ferguson Special Agent-in-Charge of the DEA for New England; United States Attorney William D. Weinreb; Colonel Richard D. McKeon, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Shelly Binkowski, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; and Joel P. Garland, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation in Boston made the announcement.