For months a U.S. postal worker took cash bribes to deliver packages of drugs along her route in Boca Raton, the 53-year-old told federal authorities.
On Friday, Evelyn Ramona Price pleaded guilty in federal court to bribery of a public official, a charge that carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000.
Federal authorities questioned Price in late October when a package she delivered to The Oaks in Boca Raton was addressed to a woman who didn’t live at the listed location, court records state.
She said she met a man named “Steve” in June 2016 who asked for addresses along her route and offered her $50 for every package she delivered for him.
“Steve” would notify Price the morning packages were expected at the post office, she said. The two later would meet up at a veterinary hospital or a Publix Super Market near her route in the 33496 ZIP code along Yamato Road between State Road 7 and Military Trail, she said, and he would pay her for the deliveries.
She didn’t know exactly what was in the packages, though she told federal authorities “I figured it was some kind of drugs, but I don’t know what drugs.”
None of the packages had tracking numbers, Price said, though each was the same size and shape and had similar handwriting. She delivered one to two packages for “Steve” from June through October, she said.
On Oct. 27 Price tried to deliver a package to an address in The Oaks. The community’s business office wouldn’t accept the package because the name listed on it was neither an owner nor a tenant at the listed address. The return address on the package was listed as a home in Brooklyn, N.Y., though the packaged was postmarked from California.
Price told authorities she planned to deliver four packages to Steve that morning at the veterinary hospital, but he called off the meeting, saying something wasn’t right. He instructed her to deliver the four packages to the listed addresses.
Three were to addresses where no one would physically accept them, she said, but the fourth was stopped at The Oaks business office.
Authorities said the four packages contained a combined 20 pounds of marijuana.
Price has been out of jail on a $50,000 bond since April, when she was indicted on charges of bribery and distribution of marijuana.
As a part of the plea deal, the distribution of marijuana charge was dropped, court records indicate.
Price is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 8.
It was not immediately known whether Price is still employed with the Post Office. The Sun Sentinel reports she was lost her job in late October after admitting to bribery.