A postal worker in Connecticut with an apparent knack for identifying packages of drugs, accused of stealing and selling marijuana and cocaine, was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison.
According to the Hartford Courant, court records detailed how Edward Hogan, 38, “profiled” packages that passed through the Waterbury, Conn., post office by their size, original address, destination and postage value. If he found drugs, Hogan allegedly removed them, then later resealed and delivered the empty packages — and sold the drugs with his brother. Authorities said Hogan and his brother, Justin, who was sentenced last week to two years in prison, stole and sold more than 100 pounds of marijuana and some five pounds of cocaine.
Hogan had earlier pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement by a federal postal employee as well as to conspiracy to possess, with intent to distribute, 500 grams or more of cocaine. Law enforcement officials came across the scheme, they said, while following the trail of illegal drug shipments from Puerto Rico to Waterbury.
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