Winchester Man Pleads Guilty to Robbing and Assaulting Federal Postal Worker and Cocaine Possession
BOSTON – A Winchester man pleaded guilty today to robbing and assaulting a federal postal worker and possessing cocaine.
Raymond Acevedo, 29, pleaded guilty in federal court in Boston to one count of robbing a federal postal worker, one count of assaulting a federal postal worker and one count of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young scheduled sentencing for Oct. 26, 2021. Acevedo was arrested and charged in November 2019.
On Oct. 24, 2019, a U.S. postal worker attempted to deliver an Express Mail package from Puerto Rico to an addressee in Dorchester. The postal worker was unable to locate the addressee and was returning to his vehicle when another individual, later determined to be Acevedo, approached the postal worker and demanded the package. When the postal worker would not give Acevedo the package, Acevedo assaulted the postal worker, took the package, and a fight ensued. As the postal worker and Acevedo were fighting over the package, police arrived and eventually arrested Acevedo. The postal worker was transferred to a local hospital for the injuries he received during the altercation.
On Oct. 25, 2019, law enforcement officers opened the package pursuant to a federal search warrant and seized approximately 1.390 kilograms of cocaine.
The charge of robbery of United States’ property provides for a sentence of up to 25 years in prison, five years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. The charge of assaulting a federal postal worker provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. The charge of distribution of cocaine provides for a minimum mandatory sentence of five years and up to 40 years in prison, four years and up to a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of up to $5 million. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell; Joshua McCallister, Acting Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Boston Field Division; and Boston Police Acting Commissioner Gregory Long made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth G. Shine of Mendell’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.