Seasoned Postal Worker accused of marijuana scheme in Hampton

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on July 02, 2018.

A seasoned postal worker is accused of carrying out a marijuana scheme using his position in Hampton.

According to court records, Darryl Harding was running the marijuana scheme that involved getting over 220 pounds of marijuana over the course of a year.

Harding, who is in the post office for 33 years as per US postal officials, was arrested Wednesday for bribery and conspiracy to traffic marijuana.

The Court documents revealed that the seasoned postal worker carried out the alleged scheme between March 2017 and May 2018.

Harding allegedly took money from his co-conspirators to divert packages that contained marijuana from their intended address and deliver those packages to them.

Apart from Harding, two others - Phillip Miller and Leory Williams Jr. - were also arrested for possessing marijuana with an indentation to deliver.

“These are people that are in a position of public trust. This is serious stuff,” said TCC Department of Criminal Justice Head Richard James who is a criminal analyst for News 3.

“I actually think it’s kind of insane. I would never put my life or my job on the line,” said Krysta Nichols, postal customer, ” I’m surprised it went under the radar for that long.”

The US postal service issued a statement:

“While the vast majority of USPS personnel are hard-working and trustworthy individuals who are dedicated to delivering the mail and would never consider engaging in criminal behavior, these charges reflect the select few who decide to betray that trust.  This type of behavior within the Postal Service is not tolerated.”

“All the accused have the right for due process. They are presumed innocent until proven guilty so it’s basically going to be up to the evidence that they have and the decision of the court,” said James.

All three men are expected to appear before the court July 13th.

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