Man arrested for trafficking cocaine disguised as birthday present
A New Bedford man was arrested at the Wareham Post Office on Friday, March 15, when he attempted to pick up a package containing two kilos of cocaine disguised as birthday presents for a child.
Neftali Montero-Pellot, 46, is scheduled to be arraigned on March 19 in Wareham District Court on the charge of one count of trafficking cocaine over 200 grams.
Officials were informed of a suspicious package scheduled to be delivered to the T. Marzetti Crouton Factory at 15 Kendrick Road on March 12, where Montero-Pellot worked, through a cooperative investigation by the Massachusetts State Police, State Police Detectives assigned to the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office, United States Postal Inspectors, and Wareham Police.
Officials believed that the package, which was being shipped to Montero-Pellot from Puerto Rico, contained cocaine. Montero-Pellot had received packages at his job before.
On March 12, officials arranged a controlled delivery to the factory but learned that Montero-Pellot was not at work that day because he had been suspended from his job. Postal inspectors modified the online delivery information to indicate that Montero-Pellot would have to pick up the package at the Wareham Post Office. On March 14, officials were granted a federal search warrant to open the package. Inside were two bricks of cocaine, as confirmed by a field test. The bricks, weighing five pounds, were wrapped to look like a child’s birthday present. The package also contained a toy and a bag of children’s birthday party favors.
At around 11:29 a.m. on Friday, March 15, police observed Montero-Pellot enter the Post Office and present the tracking information to pick up the package. Montero-Pellot was given the package, and arrested by police when he attempted to leave with it.