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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