From Staff Reports
A postal investigation case involving the Slaton Police Department lead to the arrest of two Lubbock Postal carriers.
Jessica Solomon, 35, and Joe Rivas III, 22, were charged Tuesday (Nov. 2) with possession of stolen mail.
They were both indicted Oct. 13 on a count of conspiracy to possess stolen mail and eight counts of possession of stolen mail.
More than 8,000 pieces of mail were stolen.
The amount is valued at more than $4 million and is reported to be one of, if not, the largest seizures for the Northern District of Texas.
Slaton Chief of Police Trevor Barnes said the case was investigated by the US postal inspection service and SPD.“On March 2, Slaton PD conducted a search warrant of a residence in the 200 block of North 6th Street with the assistance of Texas DPS Criminal Investigations Division and US Postal Inspectors,” said Barnes.
“Upon making entry, officers located a large amount of mail that obviously was stolen from a cargo delivery service,” he added. “Jessica Solomon and another male subject were arrested on scene for other unrelated charges. All mail and contraband was collected and further investigated at the Slaton Police Department.”
Barnes added that the larges amounts of mail were shipped off by the US Postal Service to get a true and accurate count of the items and finanacial amount of theft.
For more information, please read the Thursday edition of The Slatonite.