NEW YORK CITY, New York ~ (The Smoking Gun) ~ Two postal workers at NYC’s Rosedale Post Office are facing federal charges after it was revealed they stole marijuana from the mail.
According to a criminal complaint filed on Tuesday, October 18th in Brooklyn’s U.S. District Court, Lori Allen and Coretta Womack were caught on a surveillance camera committing the act on September 10th. The parcel in question was set aside for examination by postal inspectors because the 12-pound Express Mail package was consistent with others previously used to ship drugs across the country. But before inspectors could look at the box, Allen took the package from the desk and opened it with Womack, who then placed “several small square shaped boxes” back into the plundered package after removing a brick of marijuana. Womack then added bubble wrap and resealed the package, according to federal agent Steven Demayo.
When postal inspectors retrieved the suspicious package on September 26th they “observed signs of tampering as the parcel appeared to have been opened and re-taped closed,” according to the criminal complaint. Investigators also determined the package weighed six pounds less than it did when initially mailed from California to New York. A subsequent review of surveillance tapes resulted in the arrest of Allen and Womack on Wednesday, October 12th. Court records indicate both women confessed to stealing the marijuana from the package, and Womack told investigators that over the past few months she had stolen approximately twenty other packages, about four of which contained drugs.
Womack, who immediately began cooperating with authorities, said the drugs were fenced through Wayne Wilson, an acquaintance who lived near the Rosedale Post Office. After he was arrested, Wilson told investigators that Womack told him she had access to “parcels containing narcotics” and that he eventually bought intercepted marijuana shipments from Womack on about six occasions, paying between $4500 and $7000 each, depending on weight. Allen, Womack and Wilson are all facing federal charges related to the scheme; Allen is free on $25,000 bond and Wilson and Womack were freed on $50,000 bonds.
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