Lowell Postal Carrier Sentenced for Attempting to Bribe Supervisor to Divert Packages of Cocaine
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts
BOSTON – A Lowell postal worker was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for attempting to bribe a postal supervisor and sell them cocaine.
John Noviello, of Nashua, N.H., 61, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Angel Kelley to one day in prison and three years of supervised release, with nine months spent in home detention. On Nov. 1, 2022, Noviello pleaded guilty to one count of bribery of a public official and one count of distribution of cocaine.
Noviello was a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Lowell. On Feb. 15, 2022, Noviello approached a U.S. Postal supervisor seeking their assistance in a scheme to divert postal packages suspected of containing cocaine. Noviello offered to pay the supervisor $1,750 per kilogram of cocaine successfully obtained from any diverted packages. On Feb. 17, 2022, Noviello left $850 in cash, concealed in a bag, inside the supervisor’s vehicle in an attempt to encourage the supervisor to agree to the scheme. Noviello, referring to the $850, later commented to the supervisor, “that was a nice envelope for starters.” After contacting authorities, the supervisor conducted a controlled purchase from Noviello during which the defendant distributed approximately 3.7 grams of cocaine for $200. Noviello was charged for the offense on May 11, 2022.
United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins; Matthew Modafferi, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, Northeast Area Office; and Ketty Larco Ward, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney John T. Mulcahy of Rollins’ Narcotics & Money Laundering Unit prosecuted the case.
Updated March 22, 2023