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RALEIGH – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces the unsealing of an Indictment charging Kelvin Donnell Johnson, Khadir Elijah Beamon, Timothy Lydell Jones, Carvis Charles Marable and Brandon Darnell McNeill with conspiracy to distribute marijuana and theft of mail.

According to the allegations in the Indictment, as well as statements made in open court during related proceedings, the defendants are employees of the United States Postal Service and assigned to the Fayetteville Processing and Distribution Center Annex in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Between no later than approximately October 2017 and February 2018, according to the public allegations, the defendants conspired to sell marijuana from U.S. mail parcels that they intercepted and removed from the mail stream at the Fayetteville Annex.

If convicted of the drug conspiracy charge, the defendants each would face maximum penalties of five years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and a term of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

If convicted of the theft of mail charge, the defendants each would face maximum penalties of five years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and a term of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

The charges and allegations contained in the Indictment are merely accusations. The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the United States Postal Service – Office of Inspector General. Assistant United States Attorney Adam F. Hulbig is prosecuting the case for the government.

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