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Postal workers face drug charges

May have delivered more than just mail

POSTED: June 10, 2009 4:00 a.m.

Two local postal workers remain on the job despite their arrests last month on felony drug charges, including suspicion that at least one used her postal route to deliver drugs.

  

Both Darlene Crane Waters and Glen Alan Corindia are able to return to work, said Michael Miles, a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service in Atlanta.

  

“Yes, they are still employed,” he said. “Obviously, at this point, these are just charges. They have not been adjudicated.”

  

Corindia returned to work Friday. Miles said Waters likely would return to work soon.

  

John Wilbanks, assistant district attorney, said he planned to take Waters’ case before the Dawson County Grand Jury on Tuesday. He would also like to see federal investigators pursue the case.

  

“This is a federal employee making drug deliveries on her postal route,” he said. “I will be having discussions later on with federal investigators.”

  

Local investigators suspect Waters, a mail carrier with the Dawson County Post Office since April 1995, had been making the special deliveries for some time.

  

“We had been investigating [her] for several months,” said Dawson County Sheriff’s Maj. John Cagle.

  

Waters, 45, was arrested May 22 after she reportedly delivered a phone book containing methamphetamine to a mailbox in eastern Dawson County.

  

She faces charges of selling, possession and intent to distribute methamphetamine, manufacturing and possession of marijuana, and two counts of using communication frequencies for criminal use.

  

She was released June 4 on a $25,200 out-of-county property bond, which Wilbanks opposed at her bond hearing.

  

Corindia, who authorities say lives with Waters, faces charges of possession of marijuanna and methamphetamine and manufacturing marijuana.

  

The 46-year-old was arrested May 22, though he was released two days later after posting $21,200 bond.

  

The investigation has not revealed if Corindia delivered drugs on his postal route, said Cagle, adding that U.S. Postal Service inspectors are looking into the case.

  

Yolanda Burns, a spokeswoman for the Postal Inspection Service in Atlanta, said additional federal charges could be possible if the suspects are convicted of making the deliveries on their postal routes.

  

“Delivering drugs through the mail is a federal crime,” she said.

  

E-mail Michele Hester at michele@dawsonnews.com.

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