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Former Postal Employee Sentenced for Drug Trafficking
June 12, 2012

BOSTON - A former United States Postal Service employee was sentenced today on charges stemming from his involvement in a drug conspiracy.

Gerard Harrington, 48, of Stoneham ,was sentenced to eight months committed, and eight months to be served in home confinement with electronic monitoring, three years supervised release and a $1,500 fine, for his involvement in a conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine. Harrington, along with co-conspirators William Restrepo Zuluaga, John Thibedeau, and Sean Williamson, were indicted in September 2011. Harrington and Williamson are former Postal Service employees who worked out of the Somerville Post Office.

At an earlier plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that the government’s evidence included video and audio recordings of the four co-conspirators conducting their drug transactions beginning in May 2011, and continued on at least five different occasions through Sept. 30, 2011, the date of their arrest.

Thibedeau and Williamson await sentencing. Zuluaga was recently sentenced to 24 months in prison.

U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Rafael Medina, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, Northeast Area Field Office, made the announcement today. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Eugenia M. Carris of Ortiz’s Public Corruption and Special Prosecutions Unit.



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