By Nicole McDonald –
In Providence Tuesday, Rafael Fleury Munoz, 22, a Dominican national pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine; and possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.
Munoz admitted in court that while visiting Providence in March 2022, he was driven to at least two locations by other members of a criminal drug conspiracy and instructed to retrieve packages of cocaine shipped from Puerto Rico via the U.S. Postal Service.
On March 26, 2022, Munoz attempted to retrieve a Priority Mail parcel from a U.S. Postal carrier that was sent to a residence in Providence and addressed to another person but he was unsuccessful.
U.S. Postal Inspection Service agents later determined that the parcel contained 1.15 kilos of cocaine.
Two days later, Munoz was driven by a member of the conspiracy to a residence in Johnston, Rhode Island where he retrieved a package addressed to him that was shipped from Puerto Rico and that contained 1.07 grams of cocaine.
Munoz is scheduled to be sentenced on January 12, 2023.