Shipment courier

Massachusetts man sentenced to prison for receiving shipment of cocaine from Puerto Rico

BOSTON (WWLP) — A Boston man pleaded guilty and was sentenced Nov. 3 after four days of his jury trial in connection with drug trafficking activities involving cocaine.

According to the Department of Justice, 51 Julio Ortiz was sentenced to 10 years in prison and five years of probation. During the hearing, Ortiz pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and one count of possession with intent to distribute five kilograms or more cocaine.

Ortiz was also indicted by complaint in August 2019 and later indicted by a federal grand jury in September 2019. An individual in Puerto Rico attempted to ship a box containing 29 kilograms of cocaine to an auto repair garage in Lawrence. After an inspection of the box, shipping company employees found packages that appeared to be narcotics wrapped in plastic and called the police.

A search of the package revealed that there was a total of 29 kilograms of cocaine in the box. Following a controlled delivery of the package to the consignee’s address in Lawrence, Ortiz and his co-defendant, Edgar Castro, were seen unpacking the box and moving the cocaine containers into another vehicle. Ortiz and Castro were arrested after that.

Ortiz’s co-defendant, Edgar Castro, pleaded guilty Oct. 31 before the jury was called and is expected to be sentenced Jan. 27.