Former postal employee pleads guilty to distributing pot

A former mail carrier from Cheektowaga, N.Y. pleaded guilty this month to bribery, distribution of marijuana, and delay of mail, the Justice Department said.

According to DOJ, the woman—who worked in an area covering the East Side of Buffalo—accepted bribes to help deliver what she believed to be drug shipments, and after learning to recognize the packages, opened some of them and sold the drugs.

The carrier’s activities were uncovered during an undercover operation when she distributed a “vacuum-sealed pound of marijuana out of her mail truck while working her postal route,” DOJ said. After agents arrested her, they also found more than 1,500 pieces of mail in her vehicle that had not been delivered.

The woman also admitted that she used some of the proceeds from the marijuana sales to pay court-ordered restitution resulting from a larceny conviction, according to DOJ.

The former carrier faces a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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