ATLANTA – Former mail carrier Robert Elliott Sheppard has pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges for recruiting fellow mail carriers to deliver packages of controlled substances while he was on disability leave.
“Postal carriers occupy a position of trust in our communities and Sheppard violated that trust by exploiting his role as a mail carrier to traffic kilogram amounts of cocaine as well as marijuana,” said U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Buchanan. “Sheppard’s conduct is especially egregious because he recruited other postal carriers to participate in his criminal scheme once he was on disability leave. His conduct and greed potentially exposed countless innocent postal workers and the public to dangerous drugs and to the violence that these crimes frequently cause.”
“Sheppard’s greed taints the public’s trust in U.S. Postal Service employees, the majority of whom are hard-working and trustworthy individuals dedicated to delivering mail safely throughout our communities,” said Keri Farley, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta. “The FBI wants it to be clear that public corruption remains our number one criminal program priority and, as such, we have dedicated significant resources toward the identification, investigation, and prosecution of any individuals involved in similar such conduct.”