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North Carolina postal workers accused of selling drugs

Five postal workers have been charged with stealing mail and selling drugs according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The five men, who all worked at the United States Postal Service's Processing and Distribution Center Annex in Fayetteville according to reports, each face up to 10 years in a federal prison if convicted on all the charges they are facing.

Investigators were alerted to the group's alleged activities after receiving complaints from members of the public on or around October 2017. The men are accused of intercepting mail that contained marijuana and then selling the drugs themselves. These activities occurred between October 2017 and February 2018 according to federal prosecutors. Initial reports do not reveal how the men knew which packages contained marijuana or whether any other individuals were involved in the alleged conspiracy.

The men each face charges of conspiracy to distribute marijuana and mail theft. Both charges carry a possible custodial sentence of five years and a fine of up to $250,000. Media accounts of the case do not reveal if the men have been granted bail or remain in custody.

A North Carolina drug charges criminal defense lawyer may seek a swift resolution when their clients were taken into custody with a group of other suspects. Time is of the essence in these situations because prosecutors tend to make far less generous plea offers when they feel that they have already gathered the information needed to secure a conviction. When the evidence against their clients is less than convincing, attorneys may eschew a negotiated settlement and choose instead to advocate for their behalf in court.

Source: CBS News 17, 5 Fayetteville postal workers charged with stealing mail, using it to sell marijuana, Staff report, Nov. 29, 2018

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