Officials: Sirius XM DJ, USPS mail carrier arrested on LI for narcotics trafficking
Police say a Sirius XM DJ and a mail carrier have been arrested on Long Island in a narcotics trafficking case.
Federal officials joined Nassau County law enforcement Thursday to announce the indictments in what they call a major drug trafficking scheme involving cocaine and fentanyl.
Officials announced the arrest of Lance Holmes, also known as DJ Love Dinero, and mail carrier Adrianna Lewis, who is accused of making deliveries of drugs on her postal route in Hempstead.
Officials say the drugs were coming in from as far away as California and shipped out to random addresses on Lewis' postal route. Nassau County District Attorney Anne Donnelly says Lewis would give those drug packages to Holmes at different locations.
Lewis allegedly would get paid $500 per package she delivered. The packages were said to be airtight, covered in dryer sheets and grease to avoid K-9 detection.
"If you conspire to ship illegal narcotics through the mail, the United States Inspection Service will find you and bring you to justice," says Kathryn Searles, a U.S. postal inspector.
Holmes, 40, was arraigned Wednesday on grand jury indictment charges of operating as a major trafficker, two counts of attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance and conspiracy.
Bail was set at $500,000 bond, $250,000 cash or $2.5 million partially secured bond at 10%.
Holmes pleaded not guilty and is due back in court on Aug. 18.
If convicted of the top charge, Holmes faces a potential maximum of 25 years to life in prison.
Lewis, 31, from Rockville Centre, was arraigned on charges including two counts of attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, conspiracy, and criminal facilitation. Bail was set at $100,000 bond, $50,000 cash or $500,000 partially secured bond at 10%.
Lewis pleaded not guilty and is due back in court on Aug. 18. If convicted of the top charge, she faces a potential maximum of 20 years in prison.
"Lance Holmes and mail carrier Adrianna Lewis allegedly rendezvoused at multiple locations along her postal route to transfer kilograms of narcotics," Donnelly said. "Holmes is also alleged to have used addresses in Queens, Suffolk and Manhattan to receive drug shipments. His alleged conduct is so brazen that he called a post office in June to inquire about the whereabouts of his package after four kilograms of cocaine allegedly destined for him were seized in this investigation. Dismantling the narcotics trade is difficult and dangerous work, and I thank our numerous partners for helping end the flood of illegal drugs into our county."
Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said, "This multiagency investigation which crossed county lines has added two more arrests for intercepting and delivering illegal narcotics within our communities. Nassau County will continue its zero-tolerance approach and will never allow drug dealers to infect our neighborhoods where our families are raising their children."
Lance Holmes, Credit: Police
Adrianna Lewis, Credit: Police