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October 3, 2011

BOSTON - Two United States Postal Service employees, along with two others, were indicted on drug trafficking charges.

GERARD HARRINGTON, 48, of Stoneham; JOHN THIBEDEAU, 48, of Waltham; SEAN WILLIAMSON, 41, of Peabody; and WILLIAM ZULUAGA, 57, of East Boston, were indicted on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine. At a hearing this afternoon, the prosecutor told the court that, Harrington and Williamson, Postal employees, allegedly sold cocaine while on duty at the Somerville Post Office.

The indictment alleges that beginning on at least May 13, 2011, and on at least five different occasions thereafter, the defendants knowingly possessed with the intent to distribute and did distribute, cocaine.

If convicted on these charges, Harrington, Thibedeau, Williamson and Zuluaga each face up to 20 years in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $1 million.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Jane Hughes, Special Agent in Charge, United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General, Northeast Area Field Office made the announcement today. Also assisting in the investigation are the Massachusetts State Police, Middlesex County, PACT Unit, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston and the Somerville Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Eugenia M. Carris of Ortiz’s Public Corruption and Special Prosecutions Unit.

The details contained in the indictment are allegations. The defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.



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