Being accused of a federal crime in Oregon can wreak havoc in the life of any individual. A recent report indicates that five U.S. Postal workers were indicted on charges of being part of a conspiracy by using their positions as mail carriers obtain packages containing marijuana and deliver them to a co-conspirator. One man is also facing a federal drug charge, and he has apparently already pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to distribute drugs along with the use of a firearm during a drug crime.
The accomplices were indicted on 11 counts each. According to court documents, they reported their work rosters and their routes and addresses to the conspirator. He would then arrange to have parcels containing marijuana sent to addresses on the delivery routes of his alleged co-conspirators.
Instead of delivering the packages to the indicated addresses, the postal carriers allegedly delivered them to the conspirator. Various measures were taken to disguise the delivery statuses concerning the packages. The postal workers reportedly were paid by the man to whom they delivered the marijuana-containing parcels.
Facing a federal drug charge is serious, and the most appropriate step to limit the consequences may be to retain the services of an experienced Oregon criminal defense attorney. After assessing the details of the charges and the evidence held by the prosecution, a lawyer will help prepare and present a defense that is best suited to the case. The burden of proof is on the prosecution; only if -- and when -- guilt is proved beyond a reasonable doubt can a conviction take place.
Source: clevescene.com, "Cleveland Mail Carriers Indicted for Delivering Shipments of Marijuana", Phoebe Potiker, May 31, 2016