UNITED STATES POSTAL INSPECTION SERVICE
POSTAL INSPECTORS ARREST VETERANS AFFAIRS
Bronx, NY -- U.S. Postal Inspectors arrested two employees of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for their alleged involvement in a drug-trafficking operation.
The investigation by Postal Inspectors, which spanned several months, resulted in the arrest of Robert Tucker, 64, and Erik Casiano, 29, both employed at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx. They were observed by undercover law enforcement personnel retrieving packages delivered to the VA Medical Center that were examined by drug-sniffing dogs prior to delivery and which tested positive for the presence of narcotics.
"These employees took advantage of the trust given to them by their employer and the U.S. Government. Criminals involved in drug trafficking should take note that U.S. Postal Inspectors, with the cooperation of their law enforcement partners, will vigorously pursue, arrest, and bring to justice anyone who attempts to use the U.S. Mail to facilitate the transport of illegal drugs, firearms, or drug proceeds," said Inspector in Charge Philip R. Bartlett of the New York Division.
"This is a great example how law enforcement partnerships keep the American public safe from criminal activity. We are grateful to the VA Police, the VA's Office of the Inspector General, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York for their professionalism and cooperation in this investigation," said Inspector in Charge Bartlett.
Both defendants are charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess, with intent to distribute, a controlled substance in violation of 21 U.S.C. 846. Each faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison.
Further inquiries on this legal matter should be directed to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 212-330-3344, or to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York at 212-637-2600.
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