Lowell U.S. Postal Worker Charged With Bribery, Selling Cocaine

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Federal prosecutors say a Lowell-based Postal Service worker is facing attempted bribery and drug charges. Officials say John Noviello of Nashua, N.H. was a postal carrier in Lowell.

Noviello allegedly offered to pay one of his supervisors to help him get hold of packages that could contain cocaine in February.

Prosecutors say he offered to bribe his boss $1,750 for every kilogram of cocaine that could be taken from diverted packages. Noviello allegedly left a Dunkin' bag stuffed with $850 in cash in his supervisor's car in an attempt to persuade him to agree to the scheme.

Officials say the supervisor later bought $200 of cocaine off of Noviello, after telling the police and getting the green light.

Noviello is facing charges of bribery of a public official, which could mean up to 15 years in prison. He's also facing charges of distribution of cocaine, which could carry a sentence up to 20 years.

The man appeared in federal court in Boston on May 12, and was released.

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