Homeland Security said law enforcement officers discovered that UPS drivers and supervisors were allegedly using techniques to “defeat internal measures and law enforcement efforts to identify and intercept parcels containing contraband.”
In addition to the four UPS employees, other alleged drug traffickers were arrested in Arizona’s Pima County, according to Homeland Security.
The agency said evidence seized included commercial grade equipment to manufacture illicit drugs and about 50,000 counterfeit THC vape pens. Other alleged drug proceed assets taken into evidence included bulk currency, a Corvette, Ford Raptor trucks and a Range Rover.
A total of 11 people were arrested in the drug and money laundering investigation, facing Arizona state charges related to narcotic smuggling, drug possession, drug possession for sale, money laundering, conspiracy and misconduct involving weapons, according to Homeland Security:
Fernando Navarro-Figueroa, 32
Raul Garcia Cordova, 47
Abraham Felix-Navarro, 27
Heriberto Martinez-Bojorquez, 24
Thomas Mendoza, 47
Victor Molina, 32
Mario Barcelo, 49
Michael Castro, 34
Jonathan Gallegos, 26
Gary Love, 40
Martin Siqueiros, 31