By DJ Harding
A United Parcel Service employee twice incarcerated and convicted for trafficking kilos of heroin, and, who allegedly used his position at UPS to attempt to locate a package shipped from Columbia that contained multiple kilograms of cocaine, has been ordered detained in federal custody on drug trafficking charges, announced United States Attorney Zachary A. Cunha.
In November 2022, Custom and Border Protection intercepted a package sent from Colombia and it was discovered that it contained cocaine packed inside of two ball bearings.
When the package failed to be delivered to one of several addresses associated with Levys Tovar, 43, of Central Falls and Pawtucket, Tovar allegedly inquired of a customer service supervisor where he worked as to the location of the package. Tovar allegedly claimed that he was attempting to locate the package “for his neighbor.”
Information obtained by Homeland Security Investigations determined that the “neighbor” Tovar described did not exist and that the intended delivery address was the home Tovar shared with his girlfriend.
Tovar, charged by way of a criminal complaint with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute over 500 grams of cocaine and unlawful use of a communication facility (including the mails) to facilitate the distribution of a controlled substance, was ordered detained following his arrest on Monday.
According to court records, Tovar was convicted in federal court in 2004 of possession with intent to distribute one kilogram of heroin
Tovar was convicted once again in 2011 on a charge of attempting to possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin.
Tovar is currently on supervised release for the 2011 conviction, and is scheduled to return to court on March 7, 2023, for an initial appearance as an alleged violator of supervised release.
A federal criminal complaint is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.