Former Postal Employee Sentenced to 30 Months in Federal Prison for Fraud, Aggravated Identity Theft, and Theft of a Postal Service Key
United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that John Paul Willcox, a 37 year old resident of Mobile, Alabama was sentenced to 18 months incarceration after being convicted of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
On July 26, 2018, according to a factual statement Willcox signed in connection with his guilty plea, on August 9, 2017, Postal Inspectors intercepted a 2 pound 15 ounce express mail package addressed to John P. Willcox, at his home address in Mobile, Alabama. The package originated from Arizona (a source state for methamphetamine) and had a return address that was fictitious. Since it was a common practice for illegal narcotics traffickers to utilize the U.S. Mail to send narcotics from source cities with fictitious addresses, postal inspectors called in a narcotics drug dog who alerted to the package.
On August 10, 2017, a controlled delivery was made to Willcox at his home address. Once he accepted the package and took it into the residence, Mobile County deputies executed a search warrant at the address. During the search, the package was retrieved and opened. Inside of the package was approximately 857.9 grams of methamphetamine - a distribution amount of methamphetamine. Willcox was the only person at the residence at the time of the search. Willcox was read his Miranda Rights and he stated that he understood them and agreed to speak with the deputies. Willcox stated that he receive the package for “Rock”, who was his supplier for illegal pills. He agreed to receive the package because he owed “Rock” for providing him with the illegal pills. Willcox knew or had reasonable cause to believe that the package he received for “Rock” contained illegal drugs consistent with the weight of the package. Willcox intended to give the package to “Rock.”
Inspectors of the U. S. Postal Service along with deputies of the Mobile County, Alabama Sheriff’s Office investigated the case and brought it to the U. S. Attorney's Office for prosecution. The prosecutor assigned to the case is Assistant United States Attorney, Gina S. Vann.