CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Named in the 11-count indictment are Aaron L. Kelly, 28, Dartagnan B. Mitchell, 28, Tamika S. Embry, 32, Devon Blake, 25 and Rashon Blake, 25, all of Cleveland.
"These mail carriers used their positions not to serve the public, but to be spokes in a drug-trafficking organization," said Carole S. Rendon, Acting U.S. States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. "They violated the trust of the public and their employer, and now must answer to criminal charges."
Count 1 of the indictment charges all five defendants with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute a controlled substance between May and July 2015. Count 2 through 6 charge the defendants individually with public corruption violations for accepting things of value in return for official actions in relation to their jobs. Count 7 through 11 charge the defendants individually with possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
According to the indictment, the five postal carriers informed Kevin Collins of their work schedules and addresses on their respective routes. Collins then arranged for packages of marijuana to be shipped to addresses on the routes of the defendants and sent them when he knew the defendants were scheduled to be working.
Blake, Blake, Embry, Kelly and Mitchell took the parcels containing marijuana and, instead of delivering them to the listed addresses, gave the packages directly to Collins. They often improperly scanned or did not scan the marijuana packages in an effort to disguise the package's delivery status. Collins, in return, paid them in cash for their services.
Collins has pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and using firearm during drug trafficking crime. He is awaiting sentencing.
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