Leader of Drug Trafficking Organization Sentenced to 11 Years in Federal Prison for Trafficking Kilograms of Cocaine in Maryland and Bribing U.S. Postal Letter Carriers

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Paula Xinis sentenced Russell Stanley III, age 40, of Bowie, Maryland, today to 11 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine, conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States, and bribery of a government official.

The sentence was announced by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Jonathan F. Lenzner; Postal Inspector in Charge Daniel A. Adame of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service – Washington Division; Assistant Special Agent in Charge Orville O. Greene of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Baltimore District Office; Special Agent in Charge Imari R. Niles of the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General; and Chief Malik Azziz of the Prince George’s County Police Department.

“Russell Stanley and his co-conspirators received kilograms of cocaine through the mail and bribed U.S. Postal Service letter carriers to help their narcotics operation,” said Acting United States Attorney Jonathan Lenzner.  “This drug trafficking organization not only polluted our communities with dangerous narcotics, it also corrupted postal carriers who facilitated the organization’s illegal business.  We are committed to targeting those who supply and distribute illegal narcotics in Maryland and as well as those government employees who knowingly assist drug dealers.   This case reflects impressive and creative investigative work by federal and Prince George’s County law enforcement who brought the members of this conspiracy to justice.”

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