U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia said Tuesday in a news release that 16 postal workers were sentenced between three and nine years for accepting bribes to deliver cocaine through the mail.
Federal officials learned of the deliveries in 2015 during a drug trafficking ring investigation. They used a confidential source to pose as a drug trafficker looking for postal workers to deliver cocaine and marijuana, the suspects chose cocaine because they would charge a higher bribe to make the deliveries. They even introduced the source to coworkers wanting to deliver packages.
The defendants range in age from 26 to 64 and should pay $1,450 to $10,500 in forfeitureor restitution.