BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Two United States Postal Service letter carriers pleaded guilty to bribery and drug distribution charges.

According to officials, Antoinette McDaniels and Hilary Gainey accepted bribes to divert packages containing marijuana and delivering those packages to the co-conspirators. In exchange, they received approximately $100 a package.

“The US Postal Inspection Service is determined to protect Postal employees and the US Mail from criminal misuse and unsafe elements,” said David M. McGinnis, Acting Postal Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service – Washington Division.

Inspector McGinnis continued, “Postal Inspectors will continue to team with our law enforcement partners to pursue those individuals who would endanger Postal employees and corrupt the US Postal Service to further their criminal enterprises.”

They each face a maximum sentence of five years in prison for the bribery conspiracy and two years for bribery. McDaniel faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and Gainey faces a mandatory five years and up to 40 years for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute.

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