USPS supervisor pleads guilty in theft of marijuana from mail

Scheme involved fellow employee ‘Chuck the Sniffer’

By Curtis Killman – February 5, 2018
A U.S. Postal Service supervisor admitted Monday to participating in a scheme with another employee known as “Chuck the Sniffer” to stealing marijuana from packages at the mail sorting facility in Tulsa.

Laura Mae Campbell, 47, of Claremore pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma to one count of conspiracy as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors. Campbell, a supervisor at the Postal Service Mail Processing and Distribution Center, faces an eight- to 14-month prison term when she is sentenced May 7, under the terms of the agreement.

A grand jury indicted Campbell on Nov. 8 on one count of conspiracy and one count of drug conspiracy.

A grand jury issued a superseding indictment Dec. 5 naming Campbell on 13 additional counts of using a communication device to send text messages to the other worker regarding the conspiracy.

A search warrant affidavit filed in the case indicated that the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General received a hotline tip in July that employees were taking drugs from rifled packages that went through the Tulsa center.

The complaint alleged Campbell and Derek Miller, also known as “Chuck the Sniffer,” were involved in the drug thefts.

Beginning in August, USPS-OIG agents conducted surveillance and reviewed video of Miller and Campbell while at work, according to the affidavit. Video reportedly showed Miller regularly removing parcels from the mail stream and then taking them to Campbell’s office.

Miller, in a plea agreement filed Jan. 3, admitted to stealing marijuana and other drugs from packages beginning the fall of 2015.

“I was looking for high-grade marijuana mailed from a state on the west coast that I could remove and steal,” Miller states in his plea agreement. “Because it was difficult to do this in secret, I approached (Campbell) and asked her to assist for a share of the marijuana I found and removed from parcel.”

Miller, of Tulsa, is scheduled to be sentenced April 9.

Campbell admitted Monday to acting as a lookout for Miller, but she denied opening any of the mail.

She said she received “whatever he would give me,” regarding the proceeds from the thefts.

Law enforcement officials served search warrants Sept. 6 at the residences of Miller and Campbell. Agents recovered more than 60 pounds of marijuana from Miller’s home and over 10 pounds of marijuana from Campbell’s residence, according to the affidavit.

Authorities also arrested Campbell’s husband, David Michael Watters, who faces charges in state court, online records indicate.

Source: tulsaworld.com

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