Virginia Mail Carrier Sentenced to Prison for Bribery

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A Hampton man was sentenced today to one year in prison for bribery. According to court documents, Darryl Harding, 61, was a postal carrier with the U.S. Postal Service in Hampton. Harding was receiving money from members of a marijuana conspiracy to deliver packages containing marijuana sent from Seattle to addresses in Hampton on Harding’s mail route.

Harding would intercept the packages and deliver them to members of the conspiracy in return for cash. Harding was paid as much as $300 for each package he delivered.

G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Peter R. Rendina, Inspector in Charge of the Washington Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and Paul Bowman, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General made the announcement after sentencing by Chief U.S. District Judge Mark S. Davis. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric M. Hurt prosecuted the case.