Mail carrier pleads guilty in PCP mail scheme

A former Kansas City, Mo., postal carrier recently pleaded guilty for her role in a conspiracy to distribute multi-kilogram quantities of PCP through the mail, the Justice Department said.

According to DOJ, former carrier Carol Barfield conspired with another person to distribute PCP between November 2015 and March 2016. That co-conspirator mailed bottles of PCP from California to separate addresses on Barfield’s postal route in Kansas City. She then would deliver the packages to recipients designated by the co-conspirator rather than to false addresses provided on the labeling.

According to the plea agreement, 15 such parcels were mailed to separate addresses on her route from Nov. 2 to Dec. 16, 2015, each weighing more than 10 pounds. Barfield scanned all of those mailings as “delivered” on her route.

On March 1, 2016, surveillance video identified the co-conspirator mailing four parcels at the Victorville, Calif., post office. Each package listed a false name and was addressed to an individual who did not reside at the listed address.

Later in Kansas City, Barfield—after loading the packages onto her truck—suspected she was being watched, and eventually returned all four packages to the post office. When agents later opened the parcels, they found each contained two 64-ounce plastic bottles of PCP. The total of the liquid from all four parcels weighed more than 13 kilograms, DOJ said.

Barfield told investigators that in exchange for her participation in the scheme, her co-conspirator bought her clothes, fixed her car, and provided her with spending money.

She faces a sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison without parole. 

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