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Postal employees 'developed a knack' for pilfering drugs passing through distribution center, investigator says

Postal employees 'developed a knack' for pilfering drugs passing through distribution center, investigator says

Pair allegedly pilfered narcotics sent in packages

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Two Tulsa employees of the U.S. Postal Service have been arrested on allegations that they had been pilfering narcotics from packages.

Federal and state authorities raided residences in Rogers and Tulsa counties on Wednesday, arresting three people and confiscating dozens of pounds of marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, firearms and hundreds of tablets of other narcotics, according to an arrest report.

Derek Miller, 38, of Tulsa and Laura Mae Campbell and David Michael Watters, both 47 and from Claremore, were arrested Wednesday on various drug complaints.

Miller and Campbell allegedly had been taking narcotics for at least three months from packages sent through a Tulsa USPS distribution center.

Wayne Stinnett, an investigator for Rogers County District Attorney’s Office, said the employees had a method of determining which packages addressed to certain locations would likely contain narcotics.

“They developed a knack for doing it,” he said.

Watters, who is Campbell’s husband and a retired USPS employee, was in possession of the narcotics at their Claremore residence, authorities said.

Stinnett said an anonymous tip to a hotline alerted special agents with the USPS Office of Inspector General, who subsequently began working with local authorities in the investigation.

During a search of the Claremore residence, officers found about 13 pounds of marijuana in vacuum-sealed bags, about a half-pound of cocaine, 304 tablets of ecstasy, 152 hydrocodone tablets and an undefined amount of methamphetamine, according to an arrest report.

Authorities also reportedly found five firearms, including a loaded AK-47 and a loaded .22-caliber rifle.

Miller was allegedly in possession of marijuana in excess of 25 pounds when Tulsa authorities raided his residence in the 3400 block of South 94th East Avenue, according to an arrest report.

Miller and Campbell, prior to their arrests, were still employed by the Postal Service. Stinnett said they worked for a USPS distribution center in Tulsa.

Watters and Campbell are being held in the Rogers County jail on complaints of aggravated trafficking of ecstasy; trafficking cocaine; two counts of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute; possession of hydrocodone with intent to distribute; possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony; possession of methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia; and four counts of failure to have the appropriate Oklahoma drug tax stamp.

Tulsa police arrested Miller on a single complaint of trafficking marijuana.

Miller is being held in Tulsa Jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond. Campbell and Watters were being held on $78,000 and $80,000 bonds, respectively.

It has not yet been determined whether charges will be filed in U.S. District Court.

​Harrison Grimwood


Twitter: @grimwood_hmg


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