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Mail carrier guilty of delivering drugs

ORLANDO — An Osceola County mail carrier who was caught delivering packages full of drugs on his route — and snorting cocaine while driving his mail truck — pleaded guilty to three cocaine-related charges Thursday in Orlando, federal court records show.

Juan Fonseca, 38, was accused of delivering tens of thousands of dollars worth of cocaine and marijuana from September through January.

His co-conspirator, Henry Fuentes-Morales, a 27-year-old former postal employee, pleaded guilty Wednesday to two cocaine-related charges for his role in the drug operation, records show.

According to Fonseca's plea agreement, a federal postal inspector came across suspicious packages on Sept. 14 and Sept. 17, both of which were designated for an address on Philadelphia Circle in Kissimmee.

That address was on Fonseca's delivery route and was a vacant, "government/bank owned" property, the agreement stated.

The postal inspector obtained a search warrant for the two packages, which contained 24 and 22 pounds of marijuana.

In November, the inspector obtained another suspicious package, also to be delivered to a street on Fonseca's route. The postal inspector found about 2,000 grams of cocaine inside.

Postal inspectors installed a camera on Fonseca's mail truck and captured video of him snorting cocaine and opening mail.

A criminal complaint filed in the case said other video showed Fonseca taking cash and a check from envelopes.

On Jan. 6, the postal inspector identified another suspicious package bound for Fonseca's mail route. The package, addressed to "Robert Anderson," was put back into the mail that Fonseca would pick up for delivery.

An agent with the Osceola County Investigative Bureau followed Fonseca and watched as he delivered the package, about one block from the neighborhood where it was supposed to go, to Fuentes-Morales.

When Fuentes-Morales accepted the package, he signed the name Robert Anderson instead of his own, the plea agreement said.

On Jan. 14, the inspector found another suspicious package addressed to a "Wallace Rogers."

The plea agreement said Fonseca took that package and delivered it to Fuentes-Morales.

The package had nearly 3,000 grams of cocaine in it, the plea agreement said.

Mail carrier guilty of delivering drugs 04/22/10 [Last modified: Thursday, April 22, 2010 10:20pm]
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