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Investigative Press Release
Issuing Office: Hamden CT
Category: Internal Mail Theft

Former U.S. Postal Employee Admits Stealing Mail

Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that SHAWN R. FULLER, 37, of Hamden, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven to a mail theft offense.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Fuller, while employed by the U.S. Postal Service as a mail carrier in Meriden, was under investigation for stealing mail packages.  On April 17, 2023, an investigator observed Fuller at the Meriden post office opening two mail packages, removing two items from the packages, and placing them in the trunk of his car.  He then notified his supervisors that he had to leave work for the day.  Hamden Police subsequently stopped Fuller’s car.  After a police K9 alerted officers to the possible presence of narcotics, a search of the trunk of the car revealed approximately four kilograms of a substance containing cocaine.  Fuller was arrested at that time.

Fuller pleaded guilty to theft of mail by a postal employee, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of five years.  Judge Meyer scheduled sentencing for May 10.

Fuller is released on a $100,000 bond pending sentencing.

This matter has been investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s Narcotics and Bulk Cash Trafficking Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration, with the assistance of the Hamden and West Haven Police Departments.  The Task Force includes members from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Postal Service – Office of the Inspector General, the Connecticut Army National Guard, and the Hartford, New Britain, Meriden, and Town of Groton Police Departments.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert S. Dearington and Brendan J. Keefe.