A New Jersey mail carrier has been charged with using her delivery route to transport cocaine, according to CBS News. The US attorney’s office in New Jersey stated that Christina Nunez admitted that she had received packages stuffed with cocaine from someone in Puerto Rico. Once the goods were acquired, the carrier would then deliver them to another individual who resides in Camden. The woman’s boyfriend has also been charged in the scheme.
Authorities claim that Nunez moved approximately 18 kilos of cocaine from October of 2010 until she was arrested for the crimes on August 24. For her role in the trafficking operation, the US Postal Service employee is facing charges of conspiracy with intent to distribute cocaine and mail theft. A lengthy vacation inside a federal prison may be in her immediate future.
NJ.com reports that Nunez allegedly intercepted the packages when they arrived at the office, scanned them as delivered, and personally transported them to her partners in Camden. The situation came to light when officials seized 1,569 grams of cocaine in February of 2011. According to authorities, the package was to be delivered by the drug-trafficking mail carrier to a destination on her route. Following this incident, the operation came to an abrupt halt, though it would eventually restart in December of 2011.
On August 22, authorities intercepted yet another package from Puerto Rico containing 600 grams of cocaine. In order to prove that Nunez was running the drugs, officials replaced the cocaine with a similar substance and a GPS tracking device. Instead of taking the package to the appropriate address, Nunez instead took it home. That’s when police swooped in and made the arrest.
Nunez told prosecutors that she was guilty of intercepting, scanning, and delivering the cocaine-stuffed packages to her contact in Camden. For her role in the operation, the mail carrier was reportedly paid between $500 to $600 per package. Presently, Christina Nunez is out on $100,000 bail, though she has been made to wear an electronic monitoring device.