Former postal worker sentenced to 12 months

BUFFALO, N.Y. – A Cheektowaga woman was sentenced to 12 months in prison following her conviction of bribery, selling marijuana, and delaying the mail Friday.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Wei Xiang, said Briana Fugate, 27, accepted bribes to help deliver what she believed was drug shipments from the west coast.  After learning to recognize the drug parcels, she opened some and sold their contents herself. 

Ms. Fugate was a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service and had worked out of the Central Park Station Post Office in the City of Buffalo. 

She was arrested following an undercover operation in 2015, when she distributed a pound of stolen marijuana out of her mail truck, while working her postal route.

After law enforcement agents arrested Fugate, they discovered over 1,500 pieces of mail in her car that had not been delivered. 

Ms. Fugate was on probation for a state larceny conviction during this conduct.