Winchester man accused of attacking postal worker for package of cocaine

BOSTON — A Winchester man is accused of assaulting a postal worker while trying to steal a package containing cocaine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts.

Federal agents arrested Raymond Acevedo, 29, Tuesday and charged him with one count of assaulting a federal postal worker and one count of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.

According to court documents, the postal worker tried to deliver a package from Puerto Rico to a home in Dorchester on October 24, but he couldn’t find the addressee.

As he headed back to his delivery truck, he said a man, later identified as Acevedo, came up to him and demanded the package.

The postal worker said he refused to give Acevedo the package and as a result, Acevedo assaulted him, grabbed the package and a fight ensued.

As the postal worker and Acevedo were fighting over the package, Boston Police arrived and arrested Acevedo, charging him with robbery and aggravated assault on the postal worker.

The postal worker was taken to a hospital for the injuries he received during the fight.

The next day, federal agents said they opened the package after obtaining a search warrant and found approximately 1.390 kilograms of cocaine.

Acevedo appeared in federal court in South Boston on Tuesday. The judge ordered him held pending a probable cause and detention hearing set for Thursday.

The charge of assaulting a federal postal worker provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison and up to three years of supervised release. The charge of distribution of cocaine provides for a minimum mandatory sentence of five years and up to 40 years in prison, four years to a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of up to $5 million.