Several U.S. Postal Service (USPS) employees working across Atlanta have been charged in connection with helping facilitate cocaine distribution.
WSB-TV reports 16 employees allegedly took bribes in exchange for delivering packages of cocaine in a state-wide ring. According to three unsealed federal indictments, the workers allegedly accepted bribes from a drug trafficker to use the mail system to ship multiple kilograms of drugs.
The suspects range in age from 25 to 63 years old.
In exchange for the bribes, the accused provided the drug trafficker with special addresses to ship the drugs. The suspects then intercepted the packages and delivered them to the trafficker. Some of the employees recruited others to join the ring.
What the suspects didn't realize is that the drug trafficker was working with law enforcement. The packages being delivered contained fake drugs.
“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," shared U.S. Attorney John Horn.