Recently, neighborhood dogs may have been chasing the mailman in Mobile, Alabama for a different reason. Unterria Rogers, a 33-year old postal worker, was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison for running an illegal marijuana delivery system. Before getting caught by authorities, Rogers reportedly delivered around 133 pounds of marijuana along his postal route. He would receive his deliveries from California and made up to $250 per pound of marijuana sold.

A second postal service worker in Newark, New Jersey was also recently convicted of a similar crime. Fred Rivers, 47, was convicted of a conspiracy charge after receiving packages under a false name and distributing them for $100 cash per package. 

Package Processing & Delivery

Rogers was reportedly sentenced for using a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime while Rivers was charged with conspiracy and will be sentenced in October. Rogers was allegedly caught due to the volume of marijuana he was delivering. Authorities became alerted when a spike of drug packages in the area was reported. Rivers received packages under a false name and would then flag them as a delivery for a local drug dealer. 

Previously, 16 Atlanta-based U.S. Postal workers were sentenced to federal prison after accepting bribes to deliver packages of cocaine. The defendants are serving anywhere from three to nine years in prison. The ring in Atlanta reportedly delivered two or more kilograms of cocaine at a time and may have made as little as $250 per delivery. 

In 2017, nine people were indicted — including two postal workers —for their involvement in a marijuana trafficking organization in Pennsylvania. Steven C. Williams and Felicia Charleston, along with their accomplices, faced life in prison and multi-million dollar fines for assisting divert packages to distribute almost 100 kilograms of marijuana. Williams and Charleston were sentenced to 15 months and 10 months in prison in 2018. 

Postal Systems a Logistical Nightmare Open for Drug Deliveries

Delivery organizations like USPS, FedEx and UPS are among the easiest systems to exploit for the delivery of illegal substances. Federal authorities recognized this in a case involving 43 members of a methamphetamine distribution ring that was related to the Sinaloa cartel. 

This case led to 32 arrests and seizures of guns and money. Federal prosecutors alleged that the members of the ring were able to move large quantities of methamphetamine from San Diego to multiple locations in the United States and internationally using FedEx and USPS.

Is Someone You Love Addicted to Marijuana?

With postal workers caught distributing marijuana into neighborhoods across the country, illegal marijuana use may be more common than you think. If you think someone you know addicted to marijuana, it can be helpful to know the signs and symptoms. Some signs that someone is using marijuana include: 

  • Social changes 
  • Employment or academic struggles 
  • Reduced cognitive physical abilities 
  • Legal troubles 
  • Financial concerns 
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Heightened senses
  • Drowsiness
  • Delayed reaction
  • Increased appetite
  • Mood swings
  • Paranoia

If you suspect someone you know is addicted to marijuana, help is available. At the Recovery Village, a team of professionals can talk to you about your individual needs and a treatment program that could best work to address substance misuse as well as any underlying co-occurring disorder. Call and speak with a representative today to find out which program could work for you.