CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cleveland-area supervisor on the U.S. Postal Service faces federal prices that accuse him of stealing packages containing illicit medicine.
Investigators stated Anthony Sharp, 33, of South Euclid, stole mail full of giant portions of medication. Federal prosecutors are looking for to grab greater than $100,000 and two bikes from him by means of forfeiture proceedings.
Sharp pleaded not responsible Thursday in U.S. District Courtroom in Cleveland to a six-count indictment that included prices of stealing mail, cash laundering and drug conspiracy.
Choose Donald Nugent ordered him held with out bond. Sharp’s legal professional, Joseph Morse, couldn’t be reached.
In an affidavit, Kathryn A. DiNunzio of the postal service’s Workplace of Inspector Common stated brokers started investigating Sharp primarily based on suspicions that he had illegally opened packages and stole the contents.
On July 22, investigators positioned two Categorical Mail packages within the Cleveland postal stream. One contained cocaine, the opposite methamphetamine. They had been labeled as being despatched from completely different addresses in California, the affidavit stated.
DiNunzio’s affidavit stated the packages ended up at a facility on Broadway Avenue in Cleveland, which serves as a hub for Categorical Mail for 15 zip codes within the Cleveland space.
At 9:25 a.m., Sharp started serving to to type mail. Inside minutes, the affidavit stated, he pulled the 2 packages, in addition to a 3rd, and positioned them in a hamper for mail that was to go to the publish workplace that he managed, at 6600 Lorain Ave.
Minutes later, he positioned packages and the Categorical Mail for his publish workplace in his automotive, DiNunzio wrote. Investigators adopted him as he drove to a car parking zone close to the West Aspect Market and later to the publish workplace. He took the mail in, however he left the three packages in his automotive, in line with the affidavit.
About 12:30 p.m., he left his workplace and drove on Interstate 90, exiting on Eddy Street. A Cuyahoga County sheriff’s deputy stopped the automotive and arrested Sharp. Within the automotive’s trunk, authorities discovered the three packages, which had had been opened, the affidavit stated.
A federal grand jury indicted Sharp earlier this month. The fees embrace a money-laundering depend by which the indictment says stems from Sharp paying $15,200 for a 2012 Chevy Tahoe in Might 2019.
The indictment alleges that the cash for the acquisition “had been derived from a specified illegal exercise, that’s the distribution of managed substances.”
The fees point out that the third bundle present in Sharp’s automotive was fentanyl.
By forfeiture proceedings, prosecutors are looking for to acquire $83,820 that seized from Sharp’s dwelling and $17,114 in a credit score union account. Additionally they are looking for a 2008 Harley Davidson motorbike and a 2019 White Polaris Slingshot, a three-wheel motorbike.