PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Central Falls man admitted in federal court today to being a member of a Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO) that shipped dozens of packages containing kilograms of cocaine from Puerto Rico to various addresses in Rhode Island, announced United States Attorney Zachary A. Cunha.
George Mojica, 42, pled guilty to an information charging conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. In his plea agreement, Mojica admitted that from at least February 22, 2019, and continuing through December 16, 2019, he participated in the conspiracy to distribute cocaine and to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute. Mojica also admitted that he communicated with co-conspirators about the arrival dates of incoming cocaine parcels that had been shipped via US Priority Mail, about receiving and retrieving the cocaine parcels, and about transporting them.
According to court documents, beginning in January 2018, members of the drug trafficking organization in Puerto Rico repeatedly mailed US Priority Mail parcels to various Rhode Island addresses. The return addresses on the parcels used sender names that were not associated with the listed return addresses, and the packages were addressed to recipients in Rhode Island that were not associated with the where the parcels were sent. Members of the organization in Rhode Island routinely tracked the packages online as they moved through the mail to determine when and where they would be delivered. Once delivered, the packages were retrieved by Mojica or by other co-conspirators and couriers. After the parcels were retrieved, they were delivered to Mojica or to other co-conspirators. Based on the packages seized, the known size and weights of many of the parcels not intercepted, the organization is believed to have shipped and/or attempted to ship approximately 51 kilos of cocaine to Rhode Island between January 2018 and December 2019.
It is alleged in charging documents that for nearly two years Mojica, Arcadio Torres, 40, of North Providence, Nelson Carvahlo, 47, of Cranston, Angel Delgado, 25, of Pawtucket, and others, tracked, retrieved, and transported packages containing between one and five kilograms. Numerous packages were intercepted by law enforcement.
Mojica is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Court Mary S. McElroy on May 16, 2022.
Angel Delgado pled guilty on January 7, 2020, to conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 500 kilograms or more of cocaine. He is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Court Mary S. McElroy on March 31, 2022. Charges remain pending in federal court against Torres and Carvahlo.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise M. Barton.
The matter was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service, DEA, and members of the Rhode Island High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.