Postal Annex connected to drug smuggling ring

Posted at 7:21 PM, May 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-03 22:21:46-04

A Postal Annex in Lemon Grove is accused of being used as an international pharmaceutical drug smuggling hub, according to federal investigators.

The owner and an employee of the Postal Annex on Broadway Avenue have both been indicted in connection with the drug ring. A federal complaint shows Victor Singh faces conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. In a separate case, his employee Alejandro Nava, faces the same charge.

The complaint shows smugglers would first sneak the drugs in from Mexico. The drugs include oxycodone, methylphenidate (Ritalin), hydrocodone, hydromorphone, amphetamine, and alprazolam (Xanax).

The drugs would be sold on the internet without a “valid medical prescription.”

One co-conspirator, previously arrested, told investigators she was directed to only talk to Alex, the employee, or Victor, the owner.

Documents state Nava would tell the smuggler if it was “clear” to come in with the illegal packages.

On Tuesday, the Postal Annex was operating like normal. An employee said he did not know anything about the accusations.

Singh was not at the business late Tuesday morning.

On the phone, Singh told Team 10 he denies the allegations, but could not say anything more on the advice of his lawyer.

He is out of custody and still runs the business.

Team 10 obtained a search warrant from 2014 that showed “agents periodically conduct surveillance at this location due to the numerous arrests and seizures of narcotics.”

The 2014 warrant states agents have arrested more than 50 people “mailing contraband at the above business.”