Ex-mail carriers plead guilty to stealing pills

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Two former U.S. mail carriers have pleaded
guilty to stealing packages that contained prescription painkillers
intended for veterans.
Prosecutors say 40-year-old Pamela J. Hawkins admitted taking 10
to 11 drug parcels intended for veterans living in Lawrenceburg
during the past 1 1/2 years. Hawkins pleaded guilty Tuesday, a day
after 40-year-old James Carter pleaded guilty to stealing up to 60
drug shipments while working for the Lexington Processing and
Distribution Center. Those packages were intended for veterans in
several Kentucky cities.
The packages contained primarily hydrocodone. The U.S.
attorney's office for the Eastern District of Kentucky said in a
statement there is no evidence in either case that the defendants
were distributing the pills.
Carter is to be sentenced March 1 in Lexington and Hawkins on
March 13 in Frankfort.

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