Philly Drug Bust: Jose Rodriguez and Edwin Fernandez Charged with Cocaine Smuggling

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.
August 9, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

US Airways employee Jose Rodriguez and Edwin Fernandez, who may have ties with a Dominican Republic drug-trafficking operation, were charged on August 9 with smuggling cocaine through the Philadelphia International Airport. 

Rodriguez, 25, and Fernandez, 35, are suspected to have imported cocaine through the airport between December 2011 and July 2012.

The charges include conspiracy to import cocaine, importation of cocaine, and conspiracy to distribute cocaine, according to Philly.com

Fernandez was a “close associate” of the leader of the Dominican drug-trafficking operation, the indictment says. The operation had several airport workers in Santo Domingo sending cocaine on commercial planes to Philadelphia.

Rodriguez and Fernandez would then, along with US Airways workers, offload the baggage and arrange for it to be picked up.

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Reporter
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.