Postal worker gets prison for pot-theft scheme

The last of five postal workers who admitted opening packages at a Little Rock mail facility in 2016 in search of marijuana to steal was sentenced Wednesday to six months in federal prison.

Mario J. Burnett, a former mail handler assistant with the U.S. Postal Service, received the prison sentence, the steepest sentence of all the employees, during a hearing before U.S. District Judge Brian Miller.

The other former postal employees, all of whom pleaded guilty to being part of a conspiracy to destroy, detain, delay or open letters, packages or other mail, were sentenced earlier to three years’ probation and 100 hours of community service work, except for one of them, LaQuinta Cloud, who was sentenced March 6 to 40 hours of community service work.

The others were Artez Murrel, who was sentenced on May 16, 2019; Erica Biggers, sentenced Nov. 8, 2019; and Tony Miller Jr., sentenced May 20.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Liza Jane Brown, an investigation began after the Postal Service received a complaint on Aug. 7, 2016, that two packages had been rifled through and their contents were missing. The packages hadn’t been scanned as received at the facility on Lindsey Road but showed they had been mailed from California and Oregon.


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Why are mail-in ballots a foregone conclusion? This is a Democrats’ paradise. There are too many known instances of abuse to trust this process.

In the city of Hamilton, Ohio, the Board of Elections for Butler County, Ohio, received a bag containing 300 ballots, postmarked timely for inclusion in primary election, too late to be counted. I advise absentee mail in voters to transport ballot to Board of Elections ballot drop box. USPS cannot be counted on to deliver ballots timely, no matter what you May hear on TV, or read in the paper.

This was being investigated by USPS, no further updates available.

This was in Hamilton Journal News paper.