EX-POSTAL WORKER WHO DE­LIV­ERED POT SEN­TENCED

The Palm Beach Post - - LOCAL & BUSINESS - By Eliot Klein­berg Palm Beach Post Staff Writer ek­lein­berg@pbpost.com Twit­ter: @eliotkpbp

Eve­lyn Ra­mona Price didn’t just de­liver cat­a­logs on her Boca Ra­ton mail route, au­thor­i­ties said. The for­mer U.S. Postal Ser­vice car­rier was sen­tenced Tues­day to house ar­rest af­ter she pleaded guilty in July to tak­ing bribes to de­liver drugs, court records show.

Price, a 54-year-old Deer­field Beach res­i­dent, re­ceived one year of house ar­rest and five years of pro­ba­tion and was or­dered to per­form 500 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice. She could have gone to prison for 15 years and paid a fine of $250,000.

Court records say fed­eral au­thor­i­ties ques­tioned Price in Oc­to­ber 2016 af­ter she de­liv­ered a pack­age ad­dressed to a woman who didn’t live at the listed ad­dress in The Oaks at Boca Ra­ton, on Clint Moore Road be­tween State Road 7 and Lyons Road.

They say Price ad­mit­ted to meet­ing a man named “Steve” that June, and that he of­fered her $50 for every pack­age she de­liv­ered ei­ther for him or to him. She said “Steve” would alert her that the morn­ing pack­ages were ex­pected at the post of­fice, and the two would meet at ei­ther at a vet­eri­nary hos­pi­tal or a gro­cery store near her route in ZIP code 33496, along Yam­ato Road be­tween State Road 7 and Mil­i­tary Trail.

Records show that Price told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that while she never was told what was inside, “I fig­ured it was some kind of drugs, but I don’t know what drugs.”

She said she de­liv­ered ei­ther one or two pack­ages a month that sum­mer, col­lect­ing about $500 in pay­offs.

But things went sour on Oct. 27, 2016. She tried to de­liver a pack­age in The Oaks, but the neigh­bor­hood’s busi­ness of­fice wouldn’t ac­cept it be­cause of the name to which it was ad­dressed. Also, the re­turn ad­dress was New York City but the post­mark was from Cal­i­for­nia.

Court records say Price told in­ves­ti­ga­tors she was sup­posed to de­liver four pack­ages to “Steve” that morn­ing at the vet­eri­nary hos­pi­tal, but he called off the meet­ing and told her to de­liver the pack­ages to the ad­dresses on them. Three were to lo­ca­tions where no one would ac­cept the pack­ages, and the fourth was the one that was stopped at The Oaks.

The four pack­ages turned out to con­tain a com­bined 20 pounds of mar­i­juana, au­thor­i­ties said. The iden­tity of “Steve” is not dis­closed in the sen­tenc­ing doc­u­ments.

The U.S. At­tor­ney’s Of­fice con­firmed Wed­nes­day that Price had no pre­vi­ous ar­rests and had worked for the Postal Ser­vice for 22 years be­fore she re­signed Nov. 14, 2016.

“This type of al­leged be­hav­ior within the Postal Ser­vice is not tol­er­ated, and the over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of Postal Ser­vice em­ploy­ees ... would never con­sider en­gag­ing in any type of crim­i­nal be­hav­ior,” the Postal Ser­vice said.

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