Law and Order, State Crime Reports

Federal Jury Convicts Two South Suburban Postal Service Employees for Scheming to Deliver Marijuana

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CHICAGO —(ENEWSPF)—March 6, 2018

By: Rosemary Piser

A federal jury in Chicago has convicted two U.S. Postal Service employees for scheming to deliver marijuana through the mail.

Over a five-month period in 2016, Marvin Jones and Angela Wansley who worked at the Tinley Park Post Office, intercepted parcels of marijuana and other controlled substances. The contraband had been mailed to the post office by a co-defendant, Jayson Smith.  Jones and Wansley then provided the intercepted parcels to Smith or a fourth defendant, Courtney Poindexter, in exchange for cash.

After a four-day trial in federal court in Chicago, the jury on Thursday convicted Jones, 51, of Hazel Crest, and Wansley, 44, of Harvey, of:

  • accepting bribes to perform official postal duties,
  • conspiring to commit obstruction of correspondence, and
  • obstruction of correspondence.

The bribery charge is punishable by up to 15 years in prison, while the conspiracy and obstruction charges are punishable by up to five years.  U.S. District Judge Robert W. Gettleman will set sentencing hearings at a later date.

Smith, 34, of Country Club Hills, and Poindexter, 38, of Country Club Hills, pleaded guilty prior to trial.  They are awaiting sentencing before Judge Gettleman.