A Florida man has been charged by federal investigators in connection with the case of a Warren woman allegedly receiving prescription pills through the mail from the southern state.

Steven Lee Jimenez, 31, of Melbourne, Fla., has been charged by the U.S. District Court for conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute oxycodone. He was arrested in Florida on Feb. 21.

On Jan. 26, Niraja Beram, 60, of Warren was arrested by federal agents after, according to court documents, they witnessed her pick up a package at Global Packing and Shipping in Camden. The package contained 257 30-milligram oxycodone pills, 30 8-milligram Dilaudid pills and 27 4-milligram Dilaudid pills.

Beram has been charged with possession with the intent to distribute oxycodone.

In May 2011, Jimenez provided drug-related information to Florida authorities. He was cooperating in hopes of receiving a favorable disposition regarding a pending charge of narcotics trafficking, according to an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court by Steven N. Galbadis, a special agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

At that time, Jimenez reported that he had been sending prescription pills through the mail to a person from the Rockland area for about two years. He would obtain between 500 and 1,000 pills at least twice a week and would ship the pills from several different mailing places in Florida. The person, who the document refers to as “Individual A,” would pay him $20 per pill and would either pay for half of the pills upfront or would send the money to Jimenez after the pills were received.

At the time of Individual A’s arrest in January in Camden, the person received several incoming calls on his/her cell phones, which were not answered. The person said that he/she had one cell phone for drug trafficking and one for personal matters. Individual A also said they would be willing to help investigators identify and apprehend the person from Florida who sent the pills, according to the affidavit.

Individual A was allowed to answer several incoming phone calls and place outgoing phone calls to a male later identified as Jimenez and a female. Galbadis, the special agent, monitored and recorded the calls.

Individual A allowed Galbadis to look through numbers stored on the cell phone. He also observed that Individual A had received incoming calls on the drug trafficking phone from three Florida numbers that evening. Galbadis forwarded these numbers to law enforcement in Florida and upon review of these numbers, officers at the Palm Bay Police Department that had worked with Jimenez while he was cooperating with them identified the numbers as those of Jimenez and also identified the man’s voice, according to the affidavit.

On about Feb. 1, the Florida officer with the Palm Bay Police Department that had previously worked with Jimenez spoke with him in several recorded phone calls. During the calls, Jimenez admitted to having recently sent Individual A oxycodone pills through the mail. Jimenez expressed regret to the officer and said that “I know from the bottom of my heart that I let you down.” He said he made a “mistake” and “was not in [his] right mind,” stating he had medical and addiction issues. Jimenez further explained that he had sent the pills through the mail in order to gain the trust of Individual A so that he could then setup Individual A for investigators. He insisted that he was going to tell investigators about sending the pills through the mail at a later date.

Jimenez was not authorized by law enforcement to send the pills through the mail to Individual A. No one in law enforcement was aware that Jimenez had sent pills through the mail to Individual A, the affidavit states.

If convicted, the charge carries a maximum sentence of not more than 20 years or a fine not to exceed $1 million, or both. It carries a minimum of three years supervised release.