RAHWAY, NJ - Leonard Gresham, a 50-year-old Rahway resident, pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday to intercepting and delivering packages containing illegal narcotics in exchange for cash bribes, it was announced by U.S. Attorney Craig Carpentino.

Gresham pleaded guilty to U.S. District Judge Esther D. Salas in Newark federal court, where he was charged with one count of accepting bribes. He was released on $50,000 unsecured bond.

The bribery charge is punishable by a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense. Sentencing is scheduled for May 30, 2018.

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Court documents indicated that Gresham received a total of $14,900 in cash payments in exchange for delivering parcels containing illegal narcotics.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court: Gresham was a mail carrier at the USPS Springfield Station in Newark. From October 2014 through September 2017, Gresham accepted cash bribes from two individuals who were receiving parcels containing illegal narcotics through the mail.

While on duty, Gresham intercepted these parcels and personally delivered them to various locations in Newark other than to the recipient address noted on the parcels. Gresham received payments of between $50 and $200 from the individuals for each delivery.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents with the USPS Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Eileen Neff, Northeast Area Field Office, and inspectors of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Acting Inspector in Charge Ruth M. Mendonca, with the investigation leading to the guilty plea.