Former Columbus mail carrier pleads guilty to stealing marijuana and meth from packages

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – A former United States Postal Carrier has pleaded guilty to stealing mail that contained narcotics and selling them in his neighborhood.

Thirty-two-year-old Ricky Lee Harris Germany pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine and a detectable amount of marijuana.

According to court documents, Germany was employed as a city postal carrier at the United States Postal Service’s Oakland Park Station in Columbus from 2013 until 2018.

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In September 2018, investigators received information that Germany had stolen mail containing marijuana. According to a complainant, Germany stole more than 100 pounds of marijuana over the course of six months.

The complainant said Germany would look for large parcels from California, Texas and Arizona and would check the packages on his lunch break to see if they contained drugs.

The investigation revealed Germany intercepted mail multiple times from delivery routes that were not his assigned route.

During a search of his home, investigators discovered opened packages containing marijuana, THC oil and methamphetamine.

Germany admitted to stealing mail coming from out of state and selling stolen narcotics to people in his neighborhood.

Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine is punishable by a range of 10 years up to life in prison.

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