Eight U.S. Postal Service employees were arraigned Wednesday on federal charges of stealing more than 129 pounds of marijuana from illegal shipments and conspiring to sell it for a profit of up to $930,000, taking the concept of 'disgruntled government workers' to an entirely new level.
Investigators say that the eight post office workers stole more than 263 large parcels filled with marijuana over the last six months from the processing center where they worked in Bethpage, New York. Most of the parcels originated from the West Coast. (Why am I not surprised?)
“In this case, rather than alerting law enforcement agents to the presence of suspicious packages, the defendants allegedly stole the parcels from the processing line and placed them in a corridor outside the main processing area,” said Loretta Lynch, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District.
The parcels were then transferred to a different location or relabeled with a new address, presumably one of the suspect’s homes or that of an associate.
There was no corresponding increase in customers reporting stolen or missing parcels, but what do you expect? Someone to call up and say, “Excuse me, but my illegal shipment of drugs seems to have gone missing"?
We are now accepting bets on how long it takes for this to be turned into a screenplay.