SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - A 27-year-old Summerville man was sentenced to 12 years in prison after attempting to bribe his mailman to keep quiet regarding drugs that he was receiving in the mail.
Daniel Dewayne 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.
U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said the convictions stem from incidents that happened last year in April and May. On April 27, 2012, a U.S. Postal Service carrier delivered a priority mail package to Bell's address.
According to authorities, upon delivery of the package, Bell told the carrier,"I know you know what we are doing," and told the postman that he was having drugs shipped to his address.
Bell told the carrier that he wanted to increase the amount of drugs he was shipping because "business was good." Bell then took the package and showed the carrier the marijuana that was in the package.
Court officials say Bell offered the carrier $1,000 per month to let Bell know if the police were investigating him.
The carrier then informed postal inspectors of the incident. According to court records, inspectors had also intercepted a package which contained two pounds of marijuana intended for Bell. Inspectors ,along with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, conducted an undercover operation, and once Bell took delivery of a package of marijuana, he was arrested.
Authorities say Bell also had a .40 caliber pistol tucked in his waistband.