Dean Thompson, 54, of St. Thomas, was sentenced by Chief District Judge Robert A. Molloy to 42 months incarceration after a federal jury found him guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and of using an electronic device to facilitate the commission of a felony, United States Attorney Delia L. Smith announced Monday.
According to court documents, from July 2016 to March 2017, Thompson and others
conspired to deliver and did deliver over 100 kilograms of marijuana to St. Thomas through the United States Postal Service. As a postal employee, Thompson had both knowledge of and access to the inner workings of the postal service, and he used this knowledge and access to facilitate several shipments of marijuana to St. Thomas. Specifically, Thompson monitored packages containing marijuana as they arrived on St. Thomas and identified which P.O. boxes should be used to store the marijuana. Thompson also alerted co-conspirators when law enforcement was scheduled to inspect packages and later notified co-conspirators when they could safely pick up the packages containing marijuana. In exchange for his involvement in the drug conspiracy, Thompson was paid in both cash and marijuana.