Edwin Olivo appeared in Enfield Superior Court today, on drug dealing charges.
State Police say they found 242 pounds of cocaine packaged in a crate he picked up at a Windsor Locks UPS facility.
According to a police arrest warrant application, UPS became suspicious about a 400-pound, very securely packaged crate from Puerto Rico.
It was labeled elevator parts. But people at the Plainville business where it was supposedly being mailed said they had not ordered any elevator parts.
A police dog signaled the presence of drugs, even though the contraband was inside two tightly constructed wooden crates, the seams of each blocked with a sealant.
The drugs were inside cardboard boxes, wrapped in plastic, with a paper towels soaked in a smelly substance, to distract drug-sniffing dogs.
Olivo allegedly called the package delivery company, and asked to pick up the crate at the loading dock.
Investigators arrested him while the crate was being put onto his rental truck.
They say this is the fourth or fifth time Olivo has used the name James Smith to pick up large packages from Puerto Rico, each time intercepting the crates at a U-P-S loading dock, instead of letting them be delivered.
The judge left bond at $2-million, and ordered Olivo’s case transferred to Hartford Superior Court June 7.
Investigators say Olivo had 4 cell phones, and more than a thousand dollars in cash when taken into custody.
He told authorities he is a construction worker, and that he did not know his home address because he recently moved.
Olivo told state police a friend asked him to pick up the box.