U.S. Postal Service carriers deliver to nearly every American address, rain or shine.

So it was only a matter of time before some genius would allegedly enlist them to deliver the best kind of mail, cannabis.

Five carriers in the Cleveland area were charged with suspicion of conspiracy to distribute marijuana, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Ohio announced this week.

Cleveland residents Aaron L. Kelly, 28, Dartagnan B. Mitchell, 28, Tamika S. Embry, 32, Devon Blake, 25 and Rashon Blake, 25, were named in an 11-count indictment.

Feds allege the five used their jobs to distribute marijuana between between May and July of 2015.

A man convicted of intent to distribute, Kevin Collins, paid the five cash to facilitate his deliveries, prosecutors said.

“The five postal carriers informed Kevin Collins of their work schedules and addresses on their respective routes,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement. “Collins then arranged for packages of marijuana to be shipped to addresses on the routes of the defendants and sent them when he knew the defendants were scheduled to be working, according to the indictment.”

“Blake, Blake, Embry, Kelly and Mitchell took the parcels containing marijuana and, instead of delivering them to the listed addresses, gave the packages directly to Collins,” the office stated. “They often improperly scanned or did not scan the marijuana packages in an effort to disguise the package’s delivery status, according to the indictment.”

Smart, but ultimately stupid.

It’s not clear how much time the mail carriers could face if they’re found guilty. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said it was likely they would get “less than the maximum” sentence if it comes to that.

“These mail carriers used their positions not to serve the public, but to be spokes in a drug-trafficking organization,” said Carole S. Rendon, Acting U.S. States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. “They violated the trust of the public and their employer, and now must answer to criminal charges.”

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Raul Duke has been working as a journalist in Southern California for two decades. The medical marijuana juggernaut is one of his many beats. He's a longtime Westside resident who needs to renew his doctor's recommendation soon. If you have news tips, reach out: raul@the420times.com

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