A U.S. Postal worker has been arrested, suspected of delivering cocaine that was shipped from Puerto Rico to Orlando. Robert Hunt. Jr., 43, was taken into custody on Thursday on a federal drug charge.
On September 7, postal staff in Orlando were conducting a routine parcel inspection when they located four packages believed to contain drugs.
Three of the packages contained numbers, labeled in such a way, which led investigators to believe they were all sent by the same person. They were mailed from three different post offices in Puerto Rico, which officials said is a known practice by drug traffickers to avoid detection.
Three packages had street addresses but not specific apartment numbers, which postal officials said was uncommon. That alerted officials that they were likely going to be handed to someone during a mail carrier's route.
Hunt is a 24 year career postal employee who has been delivering mail on the same route since 2008, according to court documents. The parcels suspected of containing the cocaine were addressed to an destinations on his route.
Investigators followed Hunt as he went to the apartment complex, where federal agents said he handed over the packages to a man who pulled up in a car. They say the man gave Hunt $800.