A Bronx mailman is accused of using his mail route to deliver packages of cocaine and other drugs.
Jermaine Sandifer was alllegedly shipped drugs from Puerto Rico to the Highbridge Post Office where he worked from 2011 to 2013, according to the New York Post. For every package received from his drug cohorts, the 40 year-old was awarded between $1,000 and $5,000.
The postal worker was busted when a New Jersey state trooper pulled him over for a traffic violation in his $49,000 Mercedes Benz. Sandifer reportedly had $2,000 in cash on his person, and according to the New York Daily News, a drug sniffing dog reacted positively to the interior of the car, leading officials to believe Sandifer transported packages of cocaine in the vehicle.
Despite Defense lawyer Michael Soroka’s comment that his client was able to afford the Mercedes Benz by trading in his previous car, the prosecutor noted that the monthly payments of $800 for the vehicle indicates Sandifer is pocketing illicit money, the Daily News reported.
Sandifer pleaded not guilty and is facing a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison if convicted of the charges.