Contact Us
Fort Lee Daily Voice serves Fort Lee, Leonia & Palisades Park
Return to your home site

Menu

Fort Lee Daily Voice serves Fort Lee, Leonia & Palisades Park

Nearby Towns

Breaking News: Police Lieutenant From Carlstadt Arrested On DWI, Cocaine Charges
DV Pilot police & fire

NJ Dealer Admits Going Postal To Get Pot From California

Blackstone bought the marijuana from a producer in California, then slipped the carriers $50 to $100 a delivery before dealing the drug in Newark, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said.
Blackstone bought the marijuana from a producer in California, then slipped the carriers $50 to $100 a delivery before dealing the drug in Newark, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said. Photo Credit: COURTESY: www.brookings.edu

A Newark man admitted in federal court Tuesday that he bribed a pair of mail carriers to intercept and deliver packages of pot to him from California for nearly three years.

A U.S. District Court judge in Newark freed Glenn Blackstone, 48, on a $100,000 unsecured bond pending sentencing after he pleadd guilty to single counts of bribery and conspiracy.

Blackstone bought the marijuana from a producer in California, then slipped the carriers $50 to $100 a delivery before dealing the drug in Newark, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said.

Blackstone said he paid then-USPS mail carrier Leonard Gresham, 50, of Rahway and an unidentified co-conspirator who'd been working with the service roughly $12,400 for their trouble.

The packages bore bogus names and addresses and weren't directly addressed to him, authorities said.

Several times, Blackstone "asked the mail carriers to remove the parcels from the normal delivery stream and deliver them instead to him at various locations in Newark," Carpenito said.

Gresham pleaded guilty in February to accepting bribes and was scheduled to be sentenced May 30.

Blackstone, meanwhile, is scheduled for sentencing on July 24.

Carpenito credited special agents with the USPS-Office of Inspector General and inspectors from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service with the investigation leading to the guilty plea.

Handling the case for the government is Assistant U.S. Attorney Jihee G. Suh of Carpenito's Special Prosecutions Division in Newark.

to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.

Welcome to

Fort Lee Daily Voice!

Serves Fort Lee, Leonia & Palisades Park

Get the news you need to know on the go.

Welcome to

Fort Lee Daily Voice!

Serves Fort Lee, Leonia & Palisades Park

Hi! You've read our articles so we know you like our reporting. To keep reading please join our mailing list.

Get important news about your town as it happens.