PROVIDENCE, RI — A federal grand jury returned an indictment on Wednesday indicting two Providence men in connection with the alleged robbery and assault of a U.S. Postal Service carrier and alleged trafficking of more than 500 grams of cocaine, U.S. Attorney Zachary A. Cunha said.
The indictment charges Juan Bautista Rosario-Sandoval, 29, with conspiracy to assault and rob an American postman, assault and rob an American postman and conspiracy to possess more than 500 grams of cocaine. Duralline Azcona Rodriguez, 24, is charged with conspiracy to possess more than 500 grams of cocaine.
The indictment alleges that on September 18, 2021, Rosario-Sandoval and another unknown person approached an American mail carrier and conspired to forcibly take a priority express package addressed for delivery to an address in Providence. When the postman refused to hand over the package, Rosario-Sandoval and the second person allegedly opened the doors of the carrier’s Postal Service vehicle, began shooting and hitting the carrier, then robbed and drove off with the package. It is further alleged that Rodriquez was in a nearby vehicle to help obtain the package from the Postal Service carrier.
It is alleged that the package contained more than 500 grams of cocaine.
Conspiracy to possess more than 500 grams of cocaine carries legal penalties of up to 40 years in prison and supervised release of up to life. Conspiracy to assault and rob an American postman and assault and rob an American postman are each punishable by up to 10 years in federal prison and 3 years of federal probation.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney William J. Ferland.
The case was investigated by officers from the United States Postal Inspection Service, with assistance from Providence Police and Rhode Island State Police.