Jobs at the post office are highly sought after by millions of people in this country. Some could say 30-year-old Anthony Joseph Gallina won by securing a job as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. However, the good pay and benefits wasn’t enough for Gallina. When an unidentified man approached him, offering money to provide strategic addresses where he could catch packs of weed from California, Gallina agreed. Now, Gallina awaits trial, after he was arrested on July 19 on charges of “conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of marijuana.”
That’s what happened when postal inspectors in early March last year detected that Gallina was delivering packages to vacant addresses along his route in West Palm Beach, according to a criminal complaint filed in court by a special agent of the U.S. Postal Service-Office of the Inspector General.
Suspecting that Gallina was doing something illegal, perhaps delivering drug-stuffed packages for dealers, the Postal Service assigned investigators to monitor the employee along his route in West Palm Beach and Palm Beach County, according to the criminal complaint.
“Gallina might be assisting drug dealers by providing them with vacant addresses located on his postal route so that the dealers could mail drug parcels to those addresses, and could arrange for pick-up from Gallina,” according to the criminal complaint.
Suspicions about Gallina intensified when a post office in Sebastopol, California, north of San Francisco, discovered that people in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach sent packages containing money to an address in Sebastopol, according to the criminal complaint.
“[A] postal inspector,” the complaint said, “had successfully identified and seized several parcels from Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach going to Sebastopol, CA containing proceeds from drugs,” the criminal complaint says.
One of the suspect parcels going from Sebastopol to an address along Gallina’s route in West Palm Beach was opened, and “a green leafy plant material” was found and determined to be marijuana, according to the criminal complaint.
Eventually, investigators followed one of the parcels Gallina was to deliver deliver, that had previously been determined to contain marijuana.
The beginning of the end for Gallina occurred on April 30, when agents watched him allegedly dropping off a package they already knew was filled with bud. “At 9:56 a.m., your affiant observed Gallina open the rear door of the Long Life Vehicle (LLV),” reads the criminal complaint. “Gallina wave[d] at someone up the street. Immediately after Gallina waved up the street, your affiant observed a dark blue Toyota Camry pull up behind the LLV. Gallina removed a parcel from the LLV and placed it inside [the] dark blue Toyota Camry.”
The driver of the Toyota never got out of the car. Gallina put the package in the car and the driver drove away. Gallina was confronted by investigators with evidence on June 30. That’s when he spilled the beans. He is also accused of delivering $7,000 in cash, which was concealed in the pages of a magazine. The aforementioned charges could land the mailman in jail for five years and earn him a $250,000 fine.