Sirius XM DJ Lance Holmes and postal worker Adrianna Lewis charged in drug-trafficking scheme
NASSAU COUNTY, NY: A Sirius XM radio DJ known as DJ Love Dinero and a US postal worker were arrested and charged on Wednesday, August 3 in a drug-trafficking scheme that moved several pounds of cocaine and fentanyl from California to New York, the prosecutors said on Thursday, August 4. According to the Nassau County District Attorney's Office, disc jockey Lance Holmes, 40, allegedly worked with mail carrier Adrianna Lewis, 31, to distribute the drugs in New York City and Long Island over the last year.
Prosecutors said packages containing cocaine and fentanyl were shipped from shipping stores in California to addresses along Lewis' route in Hempstead. According to the DA, Lewis, of Rockville Centre, and Holmes, of Hollis, met up at various points along her route to turn over the drugs, and the postal worker was paid $500 each time the handoff was successful. “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 District Attorney Anne T Donnelly said in a statement, the NY Post reported.
On June 7, 2022, Holmes contacted the post office to inquire about a package addressed to a Manhattan address. Prosecutors said the parcel, which contained at least 4 pounds of coke, was confiscated by authorities. The scheme was discovered after police executed search warrants in a March 2021 investigation dubbed "Operation Honeycomb," which arrested 40 alleged drug dealers in the Hempstead area.
Prosecutors said that through Operation Honeycomb, police discovered drug packages being sent from Southern California and tracked them to addresses along Lewis' delivery route. According to authorities, the residents of the addresses were unaware of the drug deliveries. During the investigation, authorities seized 10 kilograms (about 22 pounds) of cocaine and 1 kilogram (about 2 pounds) of fentanyl.
Authorities said Holmes is facing a slew of drug-trafficking charges, the most serious of which carries a life sentence in prison. He was arraigned on Wednesday, August 3, and entered a not guilty plea. While Lewis is charged with lesser offenses, including two counts of attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, and faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. At her arraignment on Wednesday, she also pleaded not guilty.