Two charged with drug tafficking
Two Cape Coral men were charged with drug trafficking after a U.S. Postal inspector intercepted a suspicious package, obtained a warrant, and discovered cocaine and pills addressed to a city residence.
Jose Carlos Vargas-Colon, 21, of 2927 S.E. 15 Pl., and Eldel Viera, 35, of 2721 N.W. 7th Terrace, were each charged with trafficking cocaine, trafficking opium or derivatives, and possession of drug paraphernalia after investigators allowed the package – said to contain 2.72 pounds of cocaine and 100 Oxycodone pills – to be delivered to its 2721 N.W. 7th Terrace address.
“With the assistance of the Cape Coral Police Department Vice, Intelligence, and Narcotics Unit, SWAT Team, LCSO Technical Support Unit, a narcotics investigation was conducted and another search warrant for the delivery location was obtained,” a prepared statement from the Cape Coral Police Department released Tuesday states. “Under surveillance, the package was allowed to continue to its destination in a controlled delivery at around 5:00 PM the next day,” Oct. 2.
When the package was received, the Cape Coral Police Department SWAT Team executed the search warrant at the residence, detaining Vargas-Colon and Viera.
“When SWAT secured the residence they located the box the drugs had been delivered in, (it) was open,” the release states. “The cocaine had been hidden in a bed in the master bedroom, and the pills had been placed in another bag in the kitchen. Officers located and seized drug paraphernalia and cell phones from inside the house. The house was mostly vacant, likely used as a ‘stash house.'”
Vargas-Colon and Viera were transported to Lee County Jail.
Both men bonded out on Oct. 3. Trial dates have been scheduled for Nov. 2.