San Jose USPS Worker Sentenced To 3 Years

A San Jose, California postal worker was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday for possessing stolen mail.  Quan Pham Howard, 53, was found guilty of having a gun silencer and a silver bar, as well as drug trafficking according to federal prosecutors. 

The judge claimed that Howard has abused his position of trust by unlawfully opening and stealing mail from the U.S. Postal Service's San Jose Processing and Distribution Center. According to U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, the postal worker also interfered with the criminal investigation by trying to influence or tamper with witnesses. 

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Howard was found with more than 17 pounds of marijuana, with the intention to distribute. Other stolen items included prescription drugs, a gun scope, rare coins, jewelry and a Rolex watch. 

He was arrested and released on bond on June 26, 2014. Afterwards, Howard tried to influence a former employee's testimony by repeatedly contacting his former supervisor, trying to gain her support for his explanation of how he wound up in possession of the stolen mailed items.  However, he ended up pleading guilty on July 22, 2015.

U.S. Postal Inspection Service Special Agent in Charge Rafael Nunez stated, "It is disheartening to see a postal inspector accused and convicted of violating laws they were sworn to uphold, but it is reassuring that justice has been done today. Howard's actions should not diminish the fine work the men and women of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service do every day."