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Fall River Post Office manager indicted after allegedly stealing mail



BOSTON – A U.S. Postal employee was indicted yesterday in connection with stealing mail believed to have contained controlled substances.

According to the Department of Justice, Shawn M. Herron, 44, of Whitman, was indicted on one count of conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute and one count of theft of mail by a postal employee. Herron was arrested and charged by criminal complaint in February 2020.

According to court documents, Herron has been employed by the Postal Service since September 2005, most recently as a Manager of Customer Services at the Fall River Post Office. Prior to this position, he was the Supervisor of Customer Service at the Canton Post Office.

It is alleged that Herron tracked packages that he suspected contained narcotics and, instead of handling it appropriately, opened them and stole the contents. Herron profiled priority parcels from Puerto Rico and west coast U.S. states, and parcels flagged by law enforcement as potentially containing illegal narcotics, and then removed them from the U.S Mail stream. Herron tracked the suspected parcels through Postal Service databases and monitored their arrival at the Fall River Post Office. After they arrived, Herron located the parcels and brought them to his personal office, where he stole the narcotics for distribution.

The charge of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, five years of supervised release and up to a $500,000 fine. The charge of theft of mail provides for a sentence of up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Matthew M. Modafferi, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General; and Joseph W. Cronin, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eugenia M. Carris of Lelling’s Public Corruption & Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting the case.

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  1. Richard L

    August 7, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    This city of Fall River is a very big disappointment to me many people that trust our leaders. We had a Mayor Mr.Jasiel Correia that lead this city, he was charged with fraud and extortion while in office. This Mayor if not caught, he would have run our City right into the ground! He is waiting for his court date. Now, the city Police Chief Albert Dupere and other officers were secretly being recorded drinking at some bar in Fall River while on duty! We the people of Fall River are waiting to see what happens next for Chief Albert Dupere. Chief Dupere was appointed by who else’s Mayor Jasiel Correia. This was after former Chief Daniel Racine retired with a DP.( Sad you had to leave on a DP Chief ) Now we receive news that The Manager Of Customer Service’s Shawn Herron of the Fall River Post Office. He has been charged with stealing packages of suspected drugs. This case is now unfolding. Ps: Well, Fall River taxpayers do you see what’s happening to our city, it’s one big mess. Helpfully are newly appointed Mayor Mr. Paul Coogan will get this City back on track. I for one believe wholeheartedly this Mayor will be able to turn things around so we all can trust in the leaders of our beautiful city. RAL

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