Letter carrier is charged with selling pot on route
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
ALTON — A mailman handed out more than letters on his Alton postal route, police said.
Melvon Acoff, 29, was charged Friday in Madison County Circuit Court with selling marijuana. Police allege that he sold the drug from his postal truck while delivering mail.
He was well-known as a drug dealer in the Mexico neighborhood of Alton, where his route was, said Lt. David Hayes.
Acoff, of the 1700 block of North 32nd Street in East St. Louis, had been a postal employee for five years and had worked in Alton for two years, Hayes said. Police believe he likely had been selling marijuana from his mail truck for most of those two years.
Police said they learned about Acoff's activities three months ago, when a jail inmate tipped off authorities. They also got a tip from a resident and help from a confidential informer.
Acoff has been placed on unpaid leave pending the outcome of the criminal case against him, said Valerie Hughes, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service in St. Louis.
His bail was set at $10,000. He remained at the Alton jail late Friday.