A Summerville man who tried to bribe a mail carrier to cover up his pot shipments was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison Tuesday.
On April 27, 2012, Daniel Dewayne Bell, 27, showed a mail carrier marijuana in a package he was receiving and offered the carrier $1,000 a month to let Bell know if police were investigating his drug trafficking, according to U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles.
Bell told the carrier business was good and he wanted to increase the drug shipments to his address, according to prosecutors.
The carrier told postal inspectors, who intercepted a package for Bell containing about two pounds of pot. When Bell received another package of marijuana on May 1, 2012, Charleston County sheriff’s deputies were there to arrest him.
Bell was carrying a Glock .40-caliber pistol in his waistband when he was arrested, another offense for him.
Bell was sentenced to 145 months in prison for bribery of a public official, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.
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