Naples man accused of trafficking cocaine

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Mugshot of Joseph Rahman, 24. (Credit: Collier County Sheriff's Office)
Mugshot of Joseph Rahman, 24. (Credit: Collier County Sheriff’s Office)

A Naples suspect has been arrested for trafficking cocaine on Friday after receiving a package from Belize containing 40 grams of the narcotic.

The suspect, Joseph Rahman, 24, faces a felony charge of Cocaine Traffic 28 Grams Less Than 200 Grams.

On Oct. 28, Heidi Lescault, a U.S. postal inspector agent, alerted Sgt. Chris Meyer and Det. Blake, of Homeland Security investigations task force, of an incoming package to Naples, Florida, from Belize that may have concealed, illegal narcotics within spices inside it.

According to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, the return address was not real; but the receiver package was legitimate. A field test of the “white colored substance” turned out for cocaine. Three days later, Judge Blake Adams approved a search warrant for the package, with the stipulation of it being delivered and entering the suspect’s residence.

Det. Blake placed a tracking device on the package, which contained around 40 grams of cocaine, on Nov. 1 around 12:30 p.m. Just after 6 p.m., the package arrived at Rahman’s address. Rahman picked up the package and entered a white Mercedes. The vehicle drove into the garage of the residence.

About an hour later, detectives were alerted to the opening of the package. The Special Response Bureau entered the home and secured the package and its contents, the CCSO arrest report states. The search warrant was served at 9:45 p.m. and three suspects, including Rahman, were read their rights.

Right now, Rahman is on $75,000 bail. The suspect is in Naples Jail and will stand before a judge on Nov. 25.

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