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Delivered: U.S. Postal Service Workers Indicted on Drug Charges Amid Investigation

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CLEVELAND, OHIO (WOIO)- Seven current or former U.S. Postal Service (USPS) employees and one non-postal employee were indicted by a Cuyahoga County grand jury in documents unsealed Tuesday on multiple drug trafficking and drug possession charges after a one year investigation lead by Special Agents of the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General (USPS OIG) in Cleveland, OH.

Additionally, three employees were cited for marijuana possession during the investigation.

The investigation took place at the Cleveland Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC), 2400 Orange Avenue, Cleveland. Special Agents recovered quantities of crack cocaine, PCP, prescription painkillers, marijuana, and a handgun.

The following individuals were indicted:

1) William Booker, age 44, Streetsboro, motor vehicle operator - Charged with drug trafficking and drug possession. Allegedly sold prescription painkillers (Percocet and oxycodone) on three separate occasions (twice in a school zone).

2) Andrew McIntyre, age 32, Warrensville Heights, mail handler - Charged with drug trafficking and drug possession. Allegedly sold PCP on one occasion (in a school zone).

3) Jovon Miller, age 29, Cleveland, mail handler - Charged with drug trafficking. Allegedly sold marijuana on two occasions (in a school zone).

4) Andre Robitson, age 20, Cleveland, casual employee - Charged with drug trafficking and drug possession. Allegedly sold crack cocaine on two occasions, PCP on two occasions, and marijuana on one occasion (all in a school zone).

5) Kenneth Currie, age 38, University Heights, casual employee - Charged with drug trafficking. Allegedly sold marijuana on two occasions (once in a school zone).

6) Cory Wilson, age 21, Cleveland, casual employee - Charged with drug trafficking. Allegedly sold marijuana on three occasions.

7) Christopher Tatum, age 29, Cleveland, casual employee - Charged with drug trafficking. Allegedly sold marijuana on one occasion (in a school zone).

8) Joseph Grimes, age 39, Cleveland (non-employee) - Charged with drug trafficking. Allegedly sold marijuana on one occasion.

All of the individuals (except Robitson) were taken into custody earlier today to face felony charges in the Cuyahoga Court of Common Pleas. Robitson was arrested last week.

According to the Ohio Revised Code, conducting drug transactions within 1000 feet of a school or daycare carries a one level felony enhancement. Each individual was also indicted on charges of possession of criminal tools for utilizing cellular telephones to negotiate the drug transactions.

All of the drug transactions by the postal employees either occurred at the Cleveland P&DC or were negotiated while they were working at the P&DC. There are no allegations the employees stole or delayed any U.S. mail.

As part of the investigation, on May 7, 2009, USPS OIG Special Agents and Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Deputies conducted a K-9 search of employee lockers and their vehicles at the Cleveland P&DC. The following employees were issued citations by Deputies for possession of marijuana:

1) James Malokas, age 53, mail processing clerk - Malokas was found guilty on May 21, 2009 in Cleveland Municipal Court and was fined.

2) Bryan Hampton, age 51, custodian - Hampton was found guilty on May 21, 2009 in Cleveland Municipal Court and was fined.

3) Shelley Benton, age 41, mail handler - Benton pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct on July 1, 2009 in Cleveland Municipal Court and was fined.

Elizabeth A. Farcht, USPS OIG Special Agent in Charge of the Eastern Area, stated: "Illegal drugs in the workplace can negatively impact employee productivity and safety. The goal of this investigation was to ensure employees can work in a drug-free environment. This investigation should deter postal employees from engaging in this type of activity at work. I want to thank Cuyahoga County Sheriff Bob Reid and his deputies for their invaluable efforts in this investigation, and also the Drug Enforcement Administration."

The investigation was conducted by Special Agents of the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General (USPS OIG), the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office, and also the Drug Enforcement Administration, and is being prosecuted by the office of Bill Mason, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the state's burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The U.S. Postal Service has two separate law enforcement agencies. In addition to postal inspectors, the Postal Service also has a separate Office of Inspector General (OIG) with Special Agents that handle internal criminal investigations. The USPS OIG employs more than 1,100 Special Agents, auditors, and professional support personnel in offices nationwide to achieve its mission of helping maintain confidence in the postal system and improving the Postal Service's bottom line. It's done by investigating fraud, waste, and employee crime, and auditing postal programs to determine if they're efficient and cost-effective.

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