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Postal Worker Convicted of Drug Conspiracy

A St. Thomas postal worker was found guilty of drug conspiracy charges, United States Attorney Delia L. Smith announced  in a press release Friday.

Dean Thompson, 54, was found guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and using a telephone in facilitating the commission of a felony. Thompson’s sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 27, 2023 according to the press release.

According to court documents, from July 2016 through March 2017, Thompson, a 23- year veteran with the United States Postal Service, Calvin Benjamin and Stephen Bernier conspired to deliver and did deliver over 100 kilograms of marijuana to St. Thomas through the United States Postal Service. As a postal employee, Thompson had both knowledge of and access to the daily operations of the Aubrey Ottley Post Office in Sugar Estate.

Thompson used his knowledge and access to facilitate several shipments of marijuana to that postal facility. Specifically, Thompson monitored packages containing marijuana as they arrived in St. Thomas and identified which post office boxes should be used to ship the marijuana through the post office. Evidence at trial further showed that Thompson alerted Benjamin when law enforcement was scheduled to inspect packages and later notified Benjamin when it was safe to pick up packages of marijuana.

Trial evidence further showed that in exchange for his involvement in the drug conspiracy, Thompson received cash and marijuana.

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