Seven Summit County residents and three others have been arrested after the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Summit County Sheriff's Office conducted a joint drug-stopping operation at local post offices.
The week-long sting yielded $29,000 in cash, 13.5 pounds of marijuana and marijuana edibles and more than 200 controlled-substance pills, according to a sheriff's office statement.
"The use of the mail to transport narcotics and related proceeds is a federal crime," U.S. Postal Inspection Service inspector Adam Behnen said. "We take these cases seriously and they are priority investigations for us."
David Alan Bullock, 36, and Preston Lee Davenport, 20, both of Breckenridge, and Danyelle Marie Morrison, 20, and Thomas Alfred Schmitz, Jr., 22, both of Dillon, are facing charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Bryan David Perlman, 40, of Silverthorne, is charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance. Kevin Michael McCombs, 33, of Summit Cove, is also charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Jesus Uribe-Salinas, 32, of Dillon Valley, is facing charges of obstruction of a police officer.
Individuals in Leadville, Maine and Wisconsin are also facing charges related to the sting.
The drug-busting operation, which ended March 1, was part of an effort to decrease the number of packages containing narcotics or narcotics proceeds being shipped through the postal service.
Possession with intent to distribute marijuana, a class 5 felony, carries a penalty of up to three years in prison and a $100,000 fine.
If convicted, Perlman could face up to 18 months in jail and a $5,000 fine for possession of a schedule IV substance.