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UPDATE: Portage man charged in pot conspiracy

By DAVE O'BRIEN Staff Writer Published: June 8, 2017 4:00 AM

A Portage County man is one of four people charged in an alleged criminal conspiracy to steal packages containing illegal drugs being sent through the U.S. mail and then selling the drugs.

Corey C. Turnbull, 26, is facing at least three federal criminal charges. Portage County court records list him as having a prior address on Nicodemus Road in Shalersville, as well as on Ashland Avenue in Cuyahoga Falls.

Also named Tuesday in a three-count indictment were Scott Gay Jr., 33, of Canton; Rabih Kairouz, 29, and Anton D. Easter Jr., 26, both of Akron.

David A. Sierleja, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, said Turnbull, Kairouz and Gay all were U.S. Postal Service employees between February and May of this year.

Authorities said Turnbull and Kairouz worked at the Five Points Post Office at 634 W. Exchange St. in Akron, while Gay was a manager at the North Hill post office on East Cuyahoga Falls Avenue.

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For more than three months, federal prosecutors said, the three men "intercepted suspected drug parcels at U.S. Post Offices in Akron, opened the parcels, removed marijuana contained inside," and then sold the marijuana to Easter. It was not immediately clear how the men knew the parcels contained illegal drugs.

The three then shared the profits of the sales, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. The Akron Police Deparmtent and the U.S. Postal Service Office of the Inspector General — essentially the internal affairs agency for the Postal Service responsible for investigating alleged crimes by postal employees, spokesman Scott Balfour said — investigated the case.

Kairouz also allegedly had a kilogram of methamphetamine stolen out the mail in his possession when arrested, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.


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