Source: AP/Kate Brumback
ATLANTA — Sixteen postal workers in Atlanta and the surrounding area accepted bribes to deliver packages of cocaine, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.
In exchange for bribery payments, the postal workers provided special addresses where the drugs could be shipped and then intercepted the packages and delivered them to a person they believed was a drug trafficker using the postal system to ship multiple kilograms of cocaine at a time into the area, the U.S. attorney’s office in Atlanta said.
But it was actually a sting operation: The supposed drug trafficker was working with law enforcement and the packages contained fake drugs.
“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,” U.S. Attorney John Horn said in a news release. “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.”
Some of the postal workers recruited others to join the trafficking scheme and got extra money for packages delivered by their recruits, prosecutors said.
The postal workers were charged in three separate indictments that were unsealed Tuesday.