Ex-postal inspector pleads guilty to stealing mail

Jul 23, 2015 1:36 PM by News Staff

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a former postal inspector who worked at a San Jose mail distribution center pleaded guilty to stealing U.S. mail and to marijuana trafficking.

U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner says Quan Pham Howard pleaded guilty Wednesday.

According to his plea agreement, the 53-year-old Howard admitted that between late 2010 and June 25, 2014, he unlawfully opened and stole United States mail containing prescription drugs.

He also admitted possessing a variety of items stolen from the mail distribution center, including a gun scope, a silver bar, jewelry, coins, gift cards, a gun silencer and a Rolex watch.

Howard is also charged with possessing over eight kilograms of marijuana with the intent to distribute.

He faces five years in federal prison.

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