Massachusetts man charged with assaulting letter carrier over package containing cocaine

BOSTON – A Winchester man was arrested yesterday and charged with assaulting a federal postal worker and cocaine possession.

Raymond Acevedo, 29, was charged with one count of assaulting a federal postal worker and one count of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. Acevedo was detained following an initial appearance in federal court in Boston pending a probable cause and detention hearing set for Nov. 7, 2019.

According to charging documents, on Oct. 24, 2019, a U.S. Postal worker attempted to deliver an Express Mail package from Puerto Rico to the 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, charging him with robbery and aggravated assault on the postal worker. 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 assaulting a federal postal worker provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison and up to three years of supervised release. The charge of distribution of cocaine provides for a minimum mandatory sentence of five years and up to 40 years in prison, four years 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.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Joseph W. Cronin, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Boston Field Division; and Boston Police Commissioner William Gross made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth G. Shine of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

  • PaleolithicMan

    1390 Kilos of cocaine makes for a pretty big package 🙂

  • postalnews

    It sure would! That’s 3,060 pounds. Definitely a “team lift”…

    But the story actually says 1.390 kilos, which is about 3 pounds, 1 ounce. Much more manageable! According to an online UN report, the wholesale vale of 3 kilos of cocaine in the US would be about $84,000…

  • PaleolithicMan

    Hahaha, I sure wish my new glasses would get here!