New Jersey letter carrier found with drug paraphernalia, undelivered mail, police say

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Friday, August 28, 2015

SADDLE BROOK, N.J. (WABC) -- Police have arrested a U.S. letter carrier they said had 1,000 undelivered pieces of mail in his car.

According to United States Postal Service spokesperson George Flood, employee Dominic Damiani was arrested by Saddle Brook Police on Aug. 13. He was charged at the time with possession of drug paraphernalia, including a syringe, glass pipe and wax folds of suspected heroin residue.

Damiani, 37, of Saddle Brook, was a city carrier assistant in Fair Lawn. A carrier assistant fills in on routes when someone is out sick or on vacation. He was hired in July 2014 and since his arrest has been placed on unpaid emergency suspension.

Police said they found more than 1,000 pieces of undelivered mail in the trunk of his personal vehicle. The undelivered mail dated back three months.

Damiani failed and neglected to deliver his mail likely due to his apparent drug use, police said. He was charged on the 26th with theft by failure to make required disposition of property received (his mail).

The mail that was found has since been delivered.