Mail carrier stole, sold marijuana and meth found in packages

A former Columbus mail carrier who stole marijuana and methamphetamine shipped through the U.S. Postal Service and sold the drugs in his Northeast Side neighborhood is facing at least a decade in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday in federal court.

Ricky Lee Harris Germany, 32, of Agler Road, admitted to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of a controlled substances during a hearing before U.S. District Magistrate Judge Norah McCann King. The felony count also carries a potential fine of up to $10 million.

According to court documents, investigators were tipped in September 2018 about possible illegal drug-related parcels moving through the post office’s Innis Road station. Harris Germany, a carrier from 2013-2018, would go through large parcels from California, Arizona and Texas on his lunch break, looking for drugs. He was later observed on multiple occasions taking parcels — in one instance, he was spotted carrying two stolen packages into his home.

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