A Lowell-based postal worker tried to rope his boss in on a scheme to divert packages suspected of having cocaine, federal authorities say.
John Noviello, 61, of Nashua, N.H., went to a U.S. Postal Service supervisor for help with the plan in February, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.
Prosecutors say Noviello offered to pay the supervisor $1,750 per kilogram of cocaine obtained from any diverted packages. On Feb. 17, he left $850 in cash inside a Dunkin' bag in the supervisor's car, referring to the money as "a nice envelope for starters," according to the U.S. Attorney.
The supervisor contacted authorities and set up a controlled drug buy, during which Noviello dealt about 4 grams of cocaine for $200, prosecutors say.
Noviello has been charged with one count of bribery of a public official and one count of distribution of cocaine. He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of the bribery charge and up to 20 years in prison if convicted of distribution of cocaine.
Noviello was released on conditions May 12.
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