Former postal contractor charged with stealing mail

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Federal prosecutors say a former U.S. Postal Service contractor and his wife have been charged with conspiring to steal packages of prescription drugs intended for military veterans.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Memphis said Monday that Kevin Cochrane and his wife, Carmen Cochrane, have been indicted on charges including conspiracy to possess stolen U.S. mail and theft of Veteran’s Administration U.S. mail packages.

Prosecutors say the thefts occurred at a Postal Service loading facility in Memphis in November 2013. The packages contained prescription medications intended for veterans.

The Cochranes, of Verbena, Alabama, are also charged with conspiring to possess with intent to distribute hydrocodone stolen from the packages.

If convicted, the couple could face up to 10 years in prison. Court records do not show if they have a lawyer.

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