Orlando mail carrier suspected of delivering cocaine



ORLANDO, Fla. - A U.S. Postal Service mail carrier was delivering cocaine that was shipped from Puerto Rico to Orlando, according to investigators.

According to a report, 43-year-old Robert Hunt Jr. was caught with four packages of cocaine, but admitted to delivering about 40 packages in the past.

Investigators said they had been keeping an eye on him since he was arrested for possession of marijuana a few months ago.

Authorities said when the post office on South Orange Avenue received four packages from Puerto Rico to four different addresses on his route, they became suspicious.

One of the locations was a Sports Authority and the other locations were apartment buildings without apartment numbers.

Drug dogs detected narcotics in the boxes, so they followed Hunt on his route.

Investigators said they followed Hunt as he went to an apartment complex.

Postal inspectors said they caught him delivering the packages to two men inside a van instead of the address on the boxes. They said the man gave Hunt $800.

Investigators said they found about 2 kilograms of cocaine inside the four packages.

"In the past five or six years, we've had a couple that I'm aware of where carriers are being paid money by individuals on the street to accept parcels on their route and then hand them off to those individuals while out doing their route," said Brad Kramer of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

Hunt was arrested, along with the two men in the van, Hector Roman-Diaz and Ernesto Rodriguez-Jimenez.

The three men are in federal custody, without bail.

Hunt is a 24-year veteran of the U.S. Postal Service.

The postal service said Hunt has not contacted them about his arrest, so he is considered AWOL, and he is not getting paid.