Letter carrier Zarwardy Lewis, 35, was charged with drug distribution in Brooklyn Federal Court on Friday after the US Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General said he delivered at least three packages of cocaine to addresses across Brooklyn in December.
The probe began after authorities searched a package originating from the Caribbean destined for Bedford-Stuyvesant and found that it contained about two kilograms of cocaine, Special Agent Kyle Knieste said in court papers
The package, which has a street value of about $60,000 according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, was one of three parcels investigators tracked that came from the same sender, all with delivery addresses around Bed-Stuy, and Lewis delivered the other two packages while working his route.
Every time Lewis dropped off one of the parcels, he received $500 electronic payments from a woman named Evangeline Nery, according to court papers.
Investigators began conducting surveillance on Lewis and witnessed him making another alleged cocaine drop from his mail truck at Atlantic Terminal mall in Fort Greene on Jan. 26, Knieste wrote.
There, investigators watched Nery, 45, of the Bronx, give Lewis an empty plastic bag before going into the mall, Knieste testified.
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