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A US Postal Worker Was Busted For Selling Cocaine Along Her Mail Route And Now She’s Going Viral

Anytime there’s a car parked in an empty parking lot, we automatically presume judgment that something shady is going on there. While there can be a hundred different reasons why a car is parked suspiciously, we typically assume that there’s a drug deal about to go down. Everyone thinks these things! Okay, maybe it’s just me. But if we see a suspicious-looking car or suspicious-looking person and irregular movements are going on. It’s time to call 911. Nothing good is coming out of those situations.

But we never suspect anything negative from people and cars that we’re familiar with. If we see a UPS truck, they’re just making a delivery. The same can be said about an Amazon delivery van or a U.S. postal vehicle. These are trusted companies that we would never think twice about if we saw them parked on our street. It turns out there’s sometimes shady things going on there too. 

A U.S. postal mailwoman was arrested last week for selling cocaine along her route. 

Darcy Spangler is a 52-year-old woman from Ashtabula, Ohio, who was charged with trafficking in drugs and aggravated trafficking in drugs last week and is being held on an $8,000 bond. 

“This investigation involved transactions or purchases through undercover, confidential sources,” Crime Enforcement Agency of Ashtabula County commander Det. Greg Leonhard said, according to The Star Beacon. “On two out of three occasions, the transactions occurred out of her postal vehicle.”

According to news reports, authorities didn’t find drugs at her home but did uncover packaging and weighing equipment. 

The search warrant for Spangler’s home came after a three-month investigation by the Crime Enforcement Agency of Ashtabula County, U.S. Postal Inspectors, the Office of Inspector General, and the Painesville, Ohio, FBI office. 

With so many agencies involved, this operation was clearly not just a casual investigation but a serious offense with severe consequences. We’re assuming what makes this case so significant was the fact that Spangler used her federal profession and vehicle to make drug deals. If she had been making drug deals on her own time, and not using a federal U.S. postal car, the charges would have been a lot less severe, perhaps. 

According to Cleveland19 News, a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service Office of the Inspector General released the following statement in regards to Spangler’s case: “The vast majority of the U.S. Postal Service’s 630,000 employees are hard-working, trustworthy individuals, working around the clock to deliver the nation’s mail. Unfortunately, a few of them decide to abuse that trust and engage in criminal activity. When they do, special agents with the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General will work with our law enforcement partners, such as the Crime Enforcement Agency of Ashtabula County, in identifying and investigating those employees and seek their prosecution and removal from the Postal Service.” 

While we’re amazed that this woman would risk her job to traffic drugs, this is far from the most bizarre drug bust of recent times.  

Just this month, rapper Juice WRLD died after he ingested drugs before officials inspected his plane. On Dec. 8, Juice WRLD (real name Jarad Higgins) arrived at a Chicago airport from Los Angeles. According to the Associated Press, FBI agents sought to search the plane after they were tipped off that drugs and weapons were on board. Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said they did find guns and drugs on the plane. 

“Inside, they found multiple bags of suspected marijuana, several bottles of prescription cough syrup, three guns, metal-piercing bullets, and a high-capacity ammunition magazine,” Guglielmi said, according to the AP. Juice WRLD began having seizures as the plane was being searched. The 21-year-old rapper had taken Percocet, an opioid painkiller, during the trip. Officials administered Narcan in order to revive him, but he was pronounced dead later that day. 

In November, a teen boy was arrested while he was attempting to smuggle drugs between the U.S. and the Mexico border by using a remote control car. 

The 16-year-old was using the device in San Diego when police officials caught the boy. Authorities obtained 50 packages of methamphetamine or about 55.84 pounds of meth that has an estimated street value of $106,096.

San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Douglas Harrison stated in November, “I am extremely proud of the agents’ heightened vigilance and hard work in stopping this unusual smuggling scheme.”

Earlier this summer, Spanish police arrested a group of 14 people for smuggling 900kg of hashish inside frozen sardines from Morocco. Perhaps they didn’t think inspectors would search a box of smelly fish.

READ: CBP Arrests A 16-Year-Old After Catching Them Using A Remote Control Car To Smuggling Drugs Across The Border

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Customs Officials Discover 44 Pounds Of Cocaine-Coated Corn Flakes

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Customs Officials Discover 44 Pounds Of Cocaine-Coated Corn Flakes

Even as governments and customs officials increase their capacity and improve their tools to catch and seize illegal shipments, cartels are continuing to innovate when it comes to getting their shipments from Point A to Point B.

However, this time their idea to coat corn flakes in cocaine didn’t get past inspectors at an Ohio airport. The rather ingenious attempt at hiding their cocaine-laced cereal couldn’t get past a drug sniffing dog, however.

Border officers in Cincinnati reported finding 44 pounds of cocaine cornflakes.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Cincinnati have reported seizing a shipment of corn flakes that they say is no ordinary package of cereal. According to officials, the 44 pounds of corn flakes are actually coated in cocaine instead of sugar.

While working on incoming freight from Peru, a CPD narcotic detector dog named Bico flagged the cereal shipment going to a private residence in Hong Kong. Upon further inspection, officers found and tested white powder on the cereal that was positive for cocaine.

“The men and women at the Port of Cincinnati are committed to stopping the flow of dangerous drugs, and they continue to use their training, intuition, and strategic skills to prevent these kinds of illegitimate shipments from reaching the public,” Cincinnati Port Director Richard Gillespie said.

On a typical day in fiscal year 2020, CBP said it seized 3,677 pounds of drugs at ports of entry across the nation.

Drug traffickers have long used creative methods to try to ship cocaine.

Over the weekend, CBP officers at Miami International Airport uncovered more than a pound of cocaine hidden in a pair of sandals. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, a drug balloon, or pellet, weighing 1.3 pounds of cocaine was found in the sandals last week.

The Jamaican traveler who was stopped also admitted to swallowing cocaine and was taken to a local hospital for an X-ray.

And last July, for example, police in Italy discovered cocaine stuffed inside individually hollowed-out coffee beans, after opening a parcel addressed to a fictional Mafia boss from a Hollywood movie.

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