News Release
August 20 , 2008
Erin Mulvey
Public Information Officer
212 337-2906

Two Long Beach Postal Employees Arrested

AUG 20 -- (Long Beach, NY) John P. Gilbride the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Office of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration ("DEA") and Police Commissioner Thomas R. Sofield, Sr. of the Long Beach Police Department announced the arrest of John Moore 49, of Cambria Heights and Richard Broughton, 34 of Springfield Gardens, two United States Postal employees who worked out of the Long Beach Post Office. They were arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of Marijuana 1st Degree for trafficking marijuana through the U.S. postal system.

The ongoing investigation began about a month ago when the Long Beach Police Department’s Narcotic Task Force was notified by the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General of suspicious activity that was occurring at the Long Beach Post Office. A joint narcotics investigation between the Long Beach Detective Divisions’ Narcotic Task Force and the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General was initiated. The investigation uncovered that large quantities of Marijuana were being transported from California via the US Postal system to Long Beach. The marijuana was shipped in boxes that contained approximately 50 lbs. of Marijuana addressed to fictitious Long Beach addressees.

This investigation was assisted by the DEA Long Island Resident Office.