Trucker Accused of Using Trucking Company to Traffic Cocaine for Mexican Cartel
Edcouch, TX – Authorities have charged the owner of an Texas-based trucking company with using his business to transport narcotics for a Mexican cartel.
According to a recent criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, owner of Sienna Carriers, Neopolian Posadas, was discovered to be transporting cocaine in a secret, built-in compartment of his reefer trailer.
The document states agents received information from a cooperating witness in 2017 alleging Posadas was operating his trucking business as a front to move narcotics throughout the U.S.
On August 15, 2019, authorities say they received further information that a trailer owned by Posadas had been altered to include a hidden compartment for the purpose of concealing bricks of cocaine.
According to the complaint, on September 1, 2019, at approximately 4:30 p.m., a Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS) trooper conducted an “independent probable cause traffic stop” of Posadas’ big rig while in Victoria, TX.
Posadas was traveling northbound from McAllen, TX at the time he was pulled over, according to authorities.
Documents state Posadas was the “sole occupant” and driver of the tractor-trailer.
The trooper asked, and was then granted, permission to search the truck and trailer, the criminal complaint says.
Upon further examination, officers discovered 100 bricks of suspected cocaine weighing approximately 259 pounds (117.4 kilograms) hidden within a built-in compartment of the trailer.
Both the truck and trailer are registered to Posadas and Sienna Carriers, records show.
Agents arrested Posadas and “conserved” the evidence, according to court documents.
Posadas refused to answer any further questions until his lawyer was present, officials said.
According to data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Sienna Carriers was formed in 2015 and operates one truck.
The company has a clean driver and equipment inspection record and reported no crashes in the last 24 months of reporting.