Veronica Johnson is Riptide's kind of mail carrier. Mixed in with all the glossy fliers from pizza-by-the-slice places and the gas company bills, Johnson's mailbag often included some more intriguing packages. Police say they caught her on her route on Tuesday in Marathon with a 10-pound package of weed addressed to an elderly woman on the island.
In fact, Johnson admitted the pot was bound for a local man who paid her $200-a-pop to bring him the marijuana.
Johnson, a 49-year-old who lives on Marathon, told Monroe County sheriffs that she'd cooked up the pot delivery scheme with a local dealer.
In exchange for the cash payments, Johnson would accept packages like the one she was caught with on Tuesday, says Becky Herrin, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office.
After delivering other mail to the address on the package, Johnson would stash the pot in her trunk, and then deliver it to the dealer.
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It's not clear how long the scheme's been going on, but Johnson told investigators that she knew what was inside the package and that she'd delivered similar packages a "number of times in the past," Herrin says.
Johnson has been charged with felony marijuana possession.