Pennsylvania rural carrier sentenced to year in prison for using mail to distribute drugs

HARRISBURG – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Edward Larry Kline II, age 50, of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania was sentenced today to 12 months in federal prison by U.S. District Court Judge Yvette Kane in Harrisburg for attempted possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

According to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith, Kline was charged in January 2015 and pleaded guilty to attempted possession with intent to distribute marijuana in June 2015.

US-Department-Of-Justi_fmtKline was employed by the United States Postal Service at the Lewisburg, Pennsylvania post office.  Between May and September 2014, Kline began receiving parcels which contained marijuana sent from California to his rented Post Office box at the Lewisburg post office.  Three of the parcels were opened pursuant to federal search warrants and contained almost 20 kilograms of marijuana. Evidence established that Kline had received at least four additional parcels containing marijuana weighing over 22 kilograms. One kilogram weighs approximately 2.2 pounds.  Kline resigned from his position at the post office.

The investigation was conducted by the United States Postal Inspection Service, the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General and the Pennsylvania State Police and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daryl F. Bloom.