A Newport News man is facing 5 to 40 years in prison after a federal jury found him guilty in a case where he received 2 kilos of cocaine via UPS.
Last August, 33-year-old James Arthur Scott sat in a rental car in a parking lot in Hampton and waited for over an hour and a half for a UPS package from California, court documents and evidence from his trial revealed.
That parcel, which was addressed to “Lit Wick” contained several layers of packaging and had two shoeboxes filled with wax. Inside the wax, there was a kilo of cocaine in each box.
Law enforcement agents had intercepted the parcel at the UPS facility in Newport News and organized a controlled delivery. Based on the evidence presented, authorities waited for Scott to take possession of the delivery and put it in the car. Then, they executed a takedown where the package was found on the front seat.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, UPS identified Scott as receiving at least four other deliveries in the same parking lot for packages to addressed to “Lit Wick.”
The Fed’s evidence included records from Avis showing rental dates in June through August 2023 where the same silver Dodge Charger in this case was rented by Scott and others. Scott agreed to the authenticity of that information, the documents show.
He was convicted of possession with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.
Scott was also charged with possession of a firearm in the furtherance of drug trafficking. The federal jury found him not guilty on that charge.