Pitts-O'Keefe also told the newspaper that participants in the carefully coordinated scheme managed for years to defeat measures to "identify and intercept parcels containing contraband."
Sgt. William Kaderly with the Tucson Police Department told The Post the drug ring shipped several thousand pounds of drugs per week during peak operation, with profits soaring the farther east the shipments landed.
"Their sales pitch was that because of who Barcelo was at UPS, he could make sure your package will make it out without anyone finding it," Kaderly told The Post, adding, "He had face time with traffickers."
In addition to Barcelo, the men arrested include:
• Fernando Navarro-Figueroa, 32
• Raul Garcia Cordova, 47
• Abraham Felix-Navarro, 27
• Heriberto Martinez-Bojorquez, 24
• Thomas Mendoza, 47
• Victor Molina, 32
• Michael Castro, 34
• Jonathan Gallegos, 26
• Gary Love, 40
• Martin Siqueiros, 31
Pitts-O'Keefe confirmed to the Tucson Sentinel the men face charges for drug possession, drug possession for sale, money laundering and conspiracy. At least one of those arrested also faces weapons charges, she said.
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