Massachusetts Postal Worker Pleads Guilty to Drug Trafficking

Boston…A former United States Postal Service employee pleaded guilty in federal court today to charges stemming from his involvement in a drug conspiracy.

Sean Williamson, 42, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and five counts of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine. Harrington, along with co-conspirators John Thibedeau, William Zuluaga and Gerard Harrington, were indicted in Sept. 2011. Harrington and Williamson are former Postal Service employees who worked out of the Somerville Post Office.

The prosecutor told the Court that the government’s evidence included video and audio recordings of the four co-conspirators conducting their drug transactions beginning in May 2011, and continued on at least five different occasions through Sept. 30, 2011, the date of Williamson’s arrest.

Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. set sentencing for July 17, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Williamson faces up to 20 years in prison to be followed by at least three years of supervised release, and up to a $1 million fine on each count.

U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Rafael Medina, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, Northeast Area Field Office, made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Eugenia M. Carris of Ortiz’s Public Corruption and Special Prosecutions Unit.

The US Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts previously reported:

GERARD HARRINGTON, 48, of Stoneham; JOHN THIBEDEAU, 48, of Waltham; SEAN WILLIAMSON, 41, of Peabody; and WILLIAM ZULUAGA, 57, of East Boston, were indicted on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine. At a hearing this afternoon, the prosecutor told the court that, Harrington and Williamson, Postal employees, allegedly sold cocaine while on duty at the Somerville Post Office.

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  1. Letter Carriers President Says S.1789 has Vision, Will Solve USPS Problems and offer Voluntary Early Retirements.
    April 6, 2012 by postal
    Filed under: NALC, postal, postal news, press releases, usps 
    WASHINGTON, April 6, 2012 — In Speech at Rutgers, NALC President Calls on Congress to speed up and Draft Comprehensive Reform, and offer craft employees Early Retirement Incentives.
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    Improving services to residents and business will drive customers to the Postal Service, further increasing revenue and eventually saving the world’s best and most-affordable delivery network, Rolando said. It also will enhance the 7.5 million private-sector mailing industry jobs that depend on a robust Postal Service.
    Rolando spoke at the Advanced Workshop in Regulation and Competition sponsored by the Center for Research in Regulated Industries at Rutgers University at Newark, N.J. His union consists of 284,000 active Carriers, who are all supporting S.1789.
    A successful business plan, such as S.1789, he said, would be “strategic” and “far-sighted” and would better leverage the Postal Service’s unique and universal last-mile delivery network; expand the range of services it can offer; and give the Postal Service more flexibility in pricing its products, and would alleviate excessing of employees to distant places, by offering a decent incentive to retire, such as the ones being negotiated by his union and the APWU for April 2012.

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