UPS Driver From Chandler Found Guilty of Delivering Thousands of Pounds of Weed

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What can brown do for you? Transport thousands of pounds of weed for your drug-trafficking organization -- that is, if Chandler resident Robert Gene White was your UPS driver.

White, 45, was convicted in federal court of several charges for helping drug traffickers get their product across the country through the UPS delivery system.

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According to information provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office, federal authorities found out in "Operation Green Parcels" that a drug-trafficking organization was getting various drugs into the country from Mexico via backpackers.

The substances, mostly marijuana, would be repackaged and dropped off to White, who strategically introduced the packages to the UPS mail stream.

White helped out on the receiving end, too, as the buyers would send money for the shipments -- between $20,000 and $30,000 -- to real addresses, so they would end up on White's delivery route, but to fake suite numbers, so he would know it was the cash.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, White shipped between 200 and 300 pounds of marijuana per week, while taking in as much as $50 per pound for his services -- thus making as much as $15,000 in one week.

Another man, 61-year-old Tempe resident Nadunt Chibeast, was convicted in the case for helping the drug traffickers. His role mostly was money laundering, as the dirty money would filter through his bank accounts before he physically handed it over to the traffickers, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The two men face a maximum sentence of life in prison for drug-trafficking convictions alone, which doesn't include their money-laundering convictions. The men are due to be sentenced on July 8.



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nancy
nancy

Just found this on a time killer....how late am I?  Nonetheless - happy to hear a bad man got caught for committing A bad deed.  One of many I might add.  As for the Marine stuff..yeah, lots of us know about it.  He was a mean, nasty bully  when I had to deal with him.  He contributed to worsening the lives of children even when he was asked nicely to remember he was a man of "honor".  "Bobby" is nothing but a punk.  A punk in the bumpock - lots of bad karma to make up for buddy.  Hope of Bobbys gang get the same justice.  I am just so happy to see a bad man brought to justice!

myslacker
myslacker

@ LiveFree : I was on the jury as well.  I find it unfortunate that you feel the wrong verdict was handed down.  In our deliberations, I don't think we took much stock in the so called "key witness" testimony.  There was plenty of other evidence that linked Mr. White to the conspiracy to traffic drugs beyond a reasonable doubt.  I also remember we were all in agreement before presenting our verdict, and don't feel anyone was intimidated or peer pressured into a guilty verdict.

1.)A note was found in a house raided for drug trafficking containing Mr. White's handwriting.  On the note were ficticious addresses as well as when his next vacation was scheduled.  A handwriting expert came in and testified that is was highly probable that it was Mr. White's handwriting based on the written exemplar submitted by Mr. White.

2.) His own personal phone number, that he even gave to police as a contact number, was found in the head of the trafficking organizations cell phone.  These text messages were definitely not of a business nature, but were personal and used drug "code" words.

myslacker
myslacker

3.) The interview he gave to police (with no attorney present) where he couldn't answer one question without stopping to think or not knowing the answer.  He couldn't explain at the time where large cash deposits were coming from into his account.  He tried saying he was loaned the money, but couldn't say who loaned it to him or for how much was loaned. 

4.) We had all of his bank records and the receipts retrieved from his location.  There were many receipts for large cash purchases, as well as cash deposits.  There was no logical explanation for this from a guy on a UPS salary.

5.) The article also doesn't mention the separate investigation by local authorites who were in pursuit of another trafficking ring linking Mr. White after the Ortiz ring got shut down.  This started from UPS internally.  Mysterious packages were showing up in the UPS system as having an origin inside the main hub.   There were mailing slips in his possession that linked him to shipment of other drug packages.  The local authorites were notifed to cool off the investigation as the federal investigation took precedent.

myslacker
myslacker

6.) We had all the UPS delivery records.  How does Mr. White repeatedly deliver packages to businesses that don't exist and to suite numbers that don't exist?  How many packages did he sign as delivered where no business with that name existed, and the suite nubmer didn't exist? It had to be dozens and dozens.  Those packages were never delivered to that address because he just signed that they were, but delivered it to the trafficking organization.

The job of the jury isn't to decide if a law is fair or not.  Our only job was to decide if the defendant was guilty to the charges described beyond a reasonable doubt.  It's also not the job of the jury to worry about sentencing guidelines or the type of punishment the defendant may receive if found guilty.  That was all clearly explained to us in the deliberation instructions. 

Some people might think marijuana is completely fine to use, and many potential jurors actually did agree with that when the judge asked during the jury selection.  We were to decide the case based on the law as it currently stands, not what we think it should or shouldn't be.

I will says that Mr. White's attorney was not the best, but he did the best he could with what he had.

LiveFree
LiveFree

Interesting how this person has almost all the information from the court records.

Are they Law enforcement trying to make themselves look good?

But I say almost all the information, becasue what they don't say is the government's key witness could not identify Mr. White even though he said he met him over 60 times?

The judge also informed us that we had to find Mr. White guilty of conspiracy if he delivered the packages whether he knew what was in the packages or not.

So you may wonder why all the other UPS, FEDEX or USPS employees are not charged when they 'accidentally' deliver a package conatining large sums of money or drugs.

If you have not figured it out, I was in the court room also and actually sat thru the entire trial.

I believe the wrong verdict was handed down and regret giving in to peer pressure.

fairdust602
fairdust602

How do you even know he broke the law? Tons of people are wrongfully convicted making innocent people in prison the judicial system is so corrupt and bias. Just in case anyone cares Robert White was actually a United States Marine who fought in desert storm and retired from the marines with many awards and metals and because he did not have money to afford a fancy lawyer is now in jail for a crime in which he did not commit dnt you think if he had all the money they are trying to say he has he would have been able to get a good enough lawyer?? Don't be so quick to judge people you don't know that's all I'm trying to say...

sarum
sarum

I'm having a cognitive dissonance moment, reading this article when all over this page are adverts for AZ 420 Festival.  

Peter Fullmer
Peter Fullmer

I've heard people say UPS is a good company to work for with decent pay and benefits for the type of work you do. I guess that's only until you get caught.

Francisco Cortez
Francisco Cortez

Another reason why we should keep the U.S. Postal service, and not rely on Private Companies.

Troy Farah Faucet
Troy Farah Faucet

How many gallons of beer do you think are delivered to Chandler every week? Probably close to a few million dollars. Yet, marijuana doesn't kill anyone and alcohol contributes to thousands of deaths a year. This man did nothing wrong.

squash
squash

Whelp, that's American Justice for you....facing up to life in prison just for selling pot. It's no wonder that the U.S. accounts for only five percent* of the world population yet somehow holds a quarter of the world inmate population. Speaking of the huge prison population in America, maybe we should just follow Newt Gingrich's advice and execute them (Drug Importer Death Penalty Act of 1996). That's one way we can cut down on the U.S. inmate population (<sarcasm>).

Benjamin Meyer
Benjamin Meyer

Cartels give money to political campaigns aimed at maintaining drug criminalization..

Brett Solesky
Brett Solesky

Business was good for a while...then it wasn't so good anymore.

Matt Denkler
Matt Denkler

The pic needs to say "United Pot Smugglers".

Eric W. N. Mulenfeld
Eric W. N. Mulenfeld

every asshole against legalization is supporting the cartels are they not?>>

Trudy Vick Phillips
Trudy Vick Phillips

See how much money the state could make if they just went in the business : )

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

If it were legal this never would have happened.

Sabz Kaotik
Sabz Kaotik

such a shame it came to an end for him.

RetiredArmy
RetiredArmy

If these guys worked for hsbc bank, they would still be at home enjoying their cash.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

I wonder... does UPS employ drug-sniffing dogs?

marcy
marcy

A total waste of time and money.

Two more people locked up in prison, no impact on the pot trade whatsoever.


livefree
livefree

myslacker, i will start off saying I am a friend of Robert White.

I will then say that you are partially right about his lawyer, the man was a horrible litigator.

how much would yours and others opinions have changed if you would have been presented and defense exhibits by his lawyer?  As i see it he presented nothing to defend his client, even though he was given proof of where his other income came from, I will not list it here as there may be further events coming up, but just to wanted to say you were not given anything on his side. 

And on a side note, aren't you sworn to not talk about a trial or what went on in the trial?

kora.rodriguez
kora.rodriguez

So what your saying is to get rid of our border patrol agents and police department and all other types of agencies that protect our nation, since all have had drug offenders.

AMONGIDIOTS
AMONGIDIOTS

@Troy Farah He did nothing wrong?  He broke the law stupid.

sarum
sarum

@squash meanwhile . . . from the comfort of my LaZBoy local TV news is touting the revenue benefits of "legal" marijuana to state coffers . . . . and the beat goes on . . . . they just don't like free enterprise unless they get a piece.

MandyMountain
MandyMountain

@squash JH Christ, am I ever glad that douchebag (N

ewt) didn't get to be prez.

MandyMountain
MandyMountain

@marcy No worry, in this economy people are lined up waiting to take his place.

azcumsquelcher
azcumsquelcher

@marcy They won't get locked up for very long because they'll most likely strike a plea deal and provide information about the conspiracy and any higher-ups. 

fairdust602
fairdust602

How do you even know he broke the law? Tons of people are wrongfully convicted making innocent people in prison. The judicial system is so corrupt and bias. Just in case anyone cares Robert White was actually a United States Marine who fought in desert storm and retired from the marines with many awards and metals and because he did not have money to afford a fancy lawyer is now in jail for a crime in which he did not commit. Don't you think if he had all the money they are trying to say he has he would have been able to get a good enough lawyer?? Don't be so quick to judge people you don't know that's all I'm trying to say...

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@marcy @danzigsdaddy @azcumsquelcher If somebody hired me to do that, I would sure as hell wonder just exactly what those concealed compartments are going to be used for. Here is where there's guilt by association.

marcy
marcy

@danzigsdaddy @azcumsquelcher 

Do you seriously believe that?

Read the recent article about someone who merely built concealed compartments for drug vehicles, he got 20+ years and he wasn't an active participant.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@azcumsquelcher I am sure he has a fairly trouble free background to get the UPS job, so that would make him a first time offender, which means his sentence probably wouldnt be severe anyhow (not always the case though)

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