WNY postal carrier admits to role in drug ring

Posted at 7:55 AM, Feb 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-12 08:38:11-05

Federal prosecutors say a 26-year-old western New York postal carrier has pleaded guilty to her role in a drug distribution ring.

Briana Fugate admitting she carried boxes of drugs shipped to specific addresses and passed them to other members of a drug-trafficking ring for money. She pleaded guilty in federal court in Buffalo to bribery, marijuana distribution and delay of mail.

She faces a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The Cheektowaga woman was arrested in October after police say they found 1,500 pieces of undelivered mail in her car. Fugate worked in the Buffalo area.

Fugate joins 56-year-old postal carrier Dennis Bernhard in pleading guilty to charges in the drug ring. Bernhard has pleaded guilty to bribery.

Both admitted they took money for drug deliveries.