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New Jersey postal worker busted for shipping cocaine to unoccupied homes

April 23, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
New Jersey postal worker busted for shipping cocaine to unoccupied homes

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A former postal worker in New Jersey attempted to smuggle cocaine from Puerto Rico to residences that she knew would be vacant.

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said 22-year-old Amanda Cruz was taken into custody earlier this  week  and was charged with first-degree narcotics violations.

Prosecutors said the postal worker was a relatively new hire at a Short Hills, N.J. post office last June when she plotted up a drug smuggling arrangement, the New York Daily News reported.

The Newark native looked for addresses whose residents had stopped mail deliveries while on vacation.

“She figured out who put their mail on hold,” assistant prosecutor Romesh Sukhdeo said. “She was having drugs sent to the addresses, and a third party would make the pickup.”

The smuggling plot failed, however, when two of the residents were at home at the time.

The opened their strange packages to discover about a kilo of cocaine — valued at thousands of dollars.

Local police and U.S. Postal Service investigated the packages — and ultimately arrested Cruz.

She was charged with two counts of possessing cocaine with the intention to distribute.

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