Postal worker, son caught accepting illegal drugs through the mail in Abbeville
A mother and her son allegedly tried to use the U.S. Postal Service as a way to receive illegal drugs but were caught by the Vermilion/Municipal Task Force and the United Sates Postal Inspector.
On Friday, Feb. 14, agents with the Vermilion Parish Task Force, along with United States Postal Inspectors, conducted two search warrants simultaneously at 5629 Albert Road and 5623 Albert Road in Vermilion Parish.
Sheriff Mike Couvillon states that this investigation has been ongoing for several months.
“We received information that illicit narcotics may have been being transported via the Postal Service to the residences. This type of investigation is long and arduous, so the Task Force and the USPS opened a very detailed investigation as to the legitimacy of the allegations. On Friday, postal inspectors intercepted a package suspected to contain illicit drugs.
“Upon applying for a search warrant, the two residences were taken down and arrests were made.”
After execution of the warrant, agents seized approximately two pounds of high grade marijuana with a street value of $22,400.
Also seized in the search were an AK47 rifle and a 9 millimeter handgun.
“One disturbing trend we found was that one of the arrestees, Nanette Huntsberry (Date of birth, 10/29/64 of 5629 Albert Road), who is a long-time postal employee, seemed to be acting as a front for her son Jabori Huntsberry (Date of birth 7/8/92 of 5623 Albert Road.).”
Nanette was charged with possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, while Jabori was charged with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute marijuana, two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of marijuana.
Sheriff Couvillon states, “This was a joint effort between both agencies that put a stop to large amounts of the drug coming into the parish. I applaud the efforts of these agents.”
Couvillon also stated that other arrests are expected in this investigation.
Postal inspectors have earned a reputation for diligently protecting the integrity of the mail.
Inspector in-charge Robert Wemyss said, “Anyone who tries to use the mail as a conduit for crime is making a serious mistake. We don’t hesitate to enforce the laws that protect the U.S. Postal Service.”
Sheriff Mike Couvillon would like to thank Abbeville Mayor Mark Piazza and the city council, along with Chief Tony Hardy for their effort in assisting with Task Force personnel. “I realize times are financially tough all over, but the Mayor and Chief of this city are committed to finding the funds to help the Task Force combat the illicit drugs problem that ruins our communities. The people of Vermilion and our children are the beneficiaries of these city leaders’ great efforts. It is my hope that in the near future other towns and cities in the parish of Vermilion will be able to assist in the continuing fight against illicit drugs.”
Finally, Sheriff Couvillon would like to applaud the concerned citizens of Vermilion Parish for their awareness and assistance in helping the Sheriff’s Office in fighting the war on illegal drugs. He encourages all citizens with information in regards to illegal drug activities to contact the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office or the Vermilion Parish Municipal Narcotics Task Force at 337-740-4501 or E-mail the Task Force anonymously at firstname.lastname@example.org and your e-mail will be held in the “strictest of confidence” and replied to in a very timely manner.
More information on reporting drug activities can be seen on our Web Site at www.vpso.net. Click on Task Force for this information.