26 charged in Puerto Rico-to-Wisconsin drug smuggling operation that used US Postal Service

Twenty-six people in Wisconsin are facing potential life sentences Thursday after being busted by authorities for allegedly running a massive drug smuggling operation that funneled cocaine and cash between Milwaukee and Puerto Rico.

The suspected drug dealers, who were taken into custody Wednesday morning by police and federal agents, based their operation out of the state’s largest city and used the U.S. Postal Service to deliver the goods, according to a 227-page criminal complaint viewed by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel newspaper.

“Man, there’s a lot. All that cannot be put in one,” a defendant named in the complaint allegedly told another during a wiretapped conversation about how he was going to get around $30,000 into a box intended for Puerto Rico.

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