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UNITED STATES POSTAL INSPECTION SERVICE
NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Donna Harris
Title: Public Information Representative
Phone: 212-330-3344
Email: DMHARRIS@USPIS.GOV

OCTOBER 1, 2013

POSTAL INSPECTORS ARREST 14 FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
IN THE BRONX AND HUDSON VALLEY

The Postal Inspection Service today announces the arrest and unsealing of documents for the offense of heroin and cocaine trafficking.

In the Southern District of New York the indictment charges the following 14 people: Esmeraldo Hernandez, aka "Esmo," 32, Abner Alvarez, Jr., 30, Abner Alvarez, Sr., 47, James L. Canelli III, 36, Emilio Castillo, aka "E," 28, Anthony Cespedes, aka "Anth," 27, Michael Figueroa, aka "Scooby," 36, Bradley Friedlander, 30, Darrell Lopez, aka "D," 32, Carlos Martinez, 30, Raul Oquendo, 32, Nygel Rivera, 22, Ramon Uribe, aka "Polo," 38, and Bernardo Valentin, aka "Chickie," 42, with conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute kilogram quantities of cocaine and/or heroin.

Thirteen of the defendants charged in the indictment were arrested today or were previously taken into custody. Darrell Lopez remains at large as a fugitive. The defendants in custody were presented in White Plains federal court this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge George A. Yanthis.

Inspector in Charge Philip R. Bartlett stated, "The safety of the U.S. Mail is taken seriously by Postal Inspectors. Anyone who uses the U.S. Mail to distribute an illegal substance will be vigorously pursued and brought to justice."

We would like to thank our law enforcement partners for their investigative assistance in bringing these individuals to justice.

The prosecution of this case is being handled by the White Plains Division of the Southern District of New York.

The charges claimed in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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