UPS workers plead guilty to drug smuggling in Texas

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) – Two UPS Inc. workers in South Texas plus a relative have pleaded guilty to using company vehicles to smuggle drugs by land and air.

Prosecutors say drug shipments went to Minnesota, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Florida, Ohio, Michigan and New York.

Parcels were smuggled by ground and through Valley International Airport in Harlingen and McAllen-Miller International Airport since 2007.

Reymundo Abel Brown Jr., Mario Enrique Patlan and his daughter Cristina Patlan pleaded guilty Thursday in Brownsville.

Brown and Mario Patlan pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and cocaine. Cristina Patlan, who recruited shipments, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

The men could get 40-year prison terms. Cristina Patlan faces up to five years.

A UPS spokeswoman said Friday that the company is investigating.

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