A Long Island postal worker was arrested Wednesday after he was allegedly caught selling marijuana out of the back of his mail truck in the parking lot of the Merrick post office, Nassau County police said April 10.
Jimmy Henry, 29, of Freeport, a U.S. Postal Service employee, was arrested around 7 p.m. Wednesday and charged with criminal sale of marijuana and unlawful possession of marijuana after police said patrol officers saw him selling drugs in the rear parking lot of the post office in Merrick.
Henry was arrested alongside Jennie Pappas, 24, of Wantagh – who, according to police, purchased the drugs – and both were issued field appearance tickets. They are due in court later this month for arraignment.
Nassau County cops said Pappas met Henry in the post office’s rear parking lot before Henry went into a postal truck and “came out with a silver container” and allegedly passed it off to Pappas.
Patrol officers watched as Pappas put the container in her pocket and went back to her car, according to a news release. When the officers approached her, she had “the silver grinder and a greenish brown substance believed to marijuana on her lap,” police said.
The officers then contacted U.S. Postal Service officials, who gave them permission to search the truck, where they found “a black bag containing a substance believed to be marijuana.”
A spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service said Henry was hired April 22, 2013 as a City Carrier Assistant, which is a temporary position that would only allow him to work for one year until his employment was renewed. Citing privacy laws, she said the agency could not comment on whether he was disciplined or say what his current employment status is.
A public information officer for the U.S. Postal Service Office of the Inspector General, the agency that conducts misconduct investigations, said they were notified about Henry’s arrest on Wednesday night and that the agency is now following up with Nassau County police.
Henry and Pappas are scheduled to be arraigned April 23 at Nassau First District Court in Hempstead.