East Hartford postman accused of having cocaine mailed to route

A man who has worked as a postal carrier is facing federal charges that he led a large-scale cocaine trafficking ring, in which he often received kilograms of cocaine by having suppliers mail them to addresses on his postal route with false addressee names on the packages.

The carrier, Jesus Rodriguez, whose home address is listed on King Street in East Hartford, would deliver the packages to fellow drug dealers rather than to the Hartford addresses listed on them, according to an affidavit by a member of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration task force investigating the ring.

The affidavit identifies one of Rodriguez’s suppliers of kilograms of cocaine as Carlos Ortiz, with an address listed on Brewster Road in Windsor.

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