Richmond mail carrier sentenced for accepting bribes in exchange for drugs

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A Richmond mail carrier will spend more than a year behind bars after accepting bribes in exchange for drugs.

Authorities say Christopher Grant, 59, accepted bribes for nearly a year from multiple people while working as a U.S. mail carrier. 

In exchange, Grant gave those individuals at least 20 suspected marijuana parcels, all of which had been shipped from other states to vacant addresses and false aliases along Grant’s route. 

The release stated that one parcel was intercepted and contained more than 11 pounds of marijuana.

In an effort to hide his crimes, authorities say Grant attempted to alter U.S. Postal tracking records to falsely show that he had delivered the packages as addressed.

Grant was confronted after surveillance recordings showed him accepting five cash bribes from individuals receiving the suspected marijuana parcels.

He was sentenced to 13 months in prison.

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