- Sixteen US postal workers were arrested and charged with bribery in Atlanta
- The employees would provide special addresses for the cocaine to be shipped
- They would then pick up the drugs and deliver them to a drug trafficker
- It turned out to be a sting operation and the trafficker was working with police
Sixteen US postal workers in Atlanta, Georgia, were arrested and charged with bribery.
The postal workers were providing special addresses where drugs could be shipped, intercepting the packages and delivering them to who they believed was a drug trafficker.
But the alleged drug trafficker was working with law enforcement as an informant and the packages contained fake drugs.
Sixteen postal workers were arrested and charged with bribery. They were providing special addresses and delivering the cocaine packages to who they believed was a drug trafficker
The arrested postal workers
Cydra Rochelle Alexander, 31
Aurthamis O. Burch, 46
Kawana Rashun Champion, 35
Eleanor Lolita Golden, 54
Tonie Harris, 54
Leea Janel Holt, 38,
Clifton Curtis Lee, 41
Shakeed Anilah Magee, 40
Horace Manson, 40
Olivia Marita Moore, 25
Eddie Nash, 63
Jeffrey A. Pearson, 59
Rodney Antwain Salter, 33
Frank Webb, 40
Katrina Nicole Wilson, 38
Harvel Donta Young, 39
Source: 11 Alive
Some of the postal workers even recruited additional USPS employees to join the criminal scheme, and accepted additional money for drug packages delivered by their recruits, according to 11 Alive.
US Attorney John Horn said in a news release: ‘Postal employees are entrusted to perform a vital service as they travel through our communities, often visiting our homes and interacting personally with our citizens.’
‘The defendants in this case allegedly sold that trust out to someone they knew to be a drug dealer, and simply for cash in their pockets they were willing to endanger themselves and the residents on their routes and bring harmful drugs into the community.’
Paul Bowman, special agent in charge of the Atlanta area office of the US Postal Service, Office of Inspector General further condemned their behavior and said that most postal workers are ‘hard-working and trustworthy individuals’ but that the ‘charges reflect the select few who decided to betray the trust’.
The postal workers were charged in three separate indictments that were unsealed Tuesday.
All 16 were arrested today and will appear before a federal magistrate on Wednesday, according to the AJC.com.
But the alleged drug trafficker was working with law enforcement as an informant and the packages contained fake drugs