HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) – United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced today that a former postal employee who participated in a scheme to ship and distribute marijuana which was mailed from California to Huntington pled guilty in federal court. Carl Andrew Varnum, 49, entered a guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute marijuana.
“16 pounds of marijuana delivered through the U.S. Mail. Varnum was a postal employee that was using the U.S. mail to facilitate marijuana trafficking,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. “This prosecution should be a reminder to all that marijuana is still illegal under federal law.”
Varnum admitted that, between 2015 and March of 2018, he conspired with others to distribute marijuana in the Huntington area. During the conspiracy, marijuana was frequently shipped through the United States mail from California to Huntington. Varnum, who was a U.S. Postal employee at the time, recruited a letter carrier also employed with the postal service, to receive and deliver the parcels. Once the parcels containing marijuana arrived in Huntington, the carrier delivered the parcels on his assigned delivery route.