Ohio postal manager indicted
A Cleveland grand jury indicted a postal manager for stealing mail, distributing drugs, and money laundering. U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman announced the indictment on Monday. He said Anthony Sharp, 30, of South Euclid opened packages he believed to contain illegal drugs and kept the drugs for himself. Sharp then allegedly sold those drugs. Officials said he made a lot of money.
“Postal employees are paid to deliver mail and parcels, not steal and distribute drugs in the community. When a postal employee decides to violate the public’s trust, special agents with the USPS OIG will work with our law enforcement partners to see that they lose their job, their pension, and their freedom,” said U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General Special Agent in Charge Kenneth Cleevely.
Sharp in a Postal Service Manager in Cleveland. His employers launched an investigation after becomiing suspicious he had opened mail containing controlled substances and took the contents for himself.
Back on July 22, agents watched Sharp arrive at mail processing facility to assist in sorting express mail by hand. They observed him remove two packages and put them in his own mail hamper. Sharp later took them to his own vehicle. Those packages contained meth and cocaine. Officer later stopped Sharp for a traffic stop. In addition to the two packages they saw him take, officers also found a package containing fentanyl. All of the packages were open. Police found multiple empty Express and Priority Mail parcels in his trunk.
The court seized a Harley Davidson motorcycle, a Polaris Slingshot, and $100,000 from Sharp. Assistant U.S. Attorney Margaret Sweeney and Kathryn Andrachik will prosecute the case. U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman did not say when Sharp is due back in court. He did say that if, convicted, “The defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case.”