U.S. postal employees accused of stealing mailed packages of pot

Posted Dec 5, 2014 by Nate Smith
Postal employees in Long Island, New York have been arrested and charged with stealing packages of marijuana that had been shipped in the mail, and redirecting the parcels for local sale.
Marijuana Bud
Bud from an orange kush cannabis plant
Photo by Murken
Federal agents claim to have seized over 125 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of about $930,000 from eight employees of the United States Post Office in Long Island.
They allegedly stole 263 packages of mail containing pot that had been shipped from California. The workers have been charged with theft of mail, conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute.
Upon identifying the pot-filled packages, post office employees relabeled them so that they could be sent to local addresses in Long Island or Queens in a process known as "overlabeling," authorities allege.
Investigation into the alleged crime began when law enforcement located three empty Priority Mail boxes near an abandon house and a drug-sniffing cop canine hit on the odor of marijuana.
Accused are: Kempleton Nash Jr., 29, of Cambria Heights, Queens; Eugene Williams, 37, of Brentwood, L.I.,; Timoth Marshall, 28, of Far Rockaway, Queens; Jerrold Rollerson, 25, of Hempstead, L.I.,; Tanicha Grenald-Allen, 36, of Brooklyn; Sherwin Parkes, 36, of Brooklyn; Lloyd Johnson, 34, of St. Albans, Queens; Jose Hurtado, 43, of Bellmore, L.I.
Authorities believe the postal employees suspected the contents were marijuana based on the shape of the packages.
Law enforcement claims to have Nash Jr. on video surveillance climbing out a fire escape with multiple Priority Mail packages.