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Lowell postal worker charged with trying to bribe, sell cocaine to supervisor

John Noviello allegedly placed $850 hidden in a Dunkin' bag inside the supervisor's vehicle.

A Lowell mail carrier is facing federal charges for allegedly trying to bribe and sell cocaine to a postal supervisor.

John Noviello, 61, of Nashua, N.H., was recently arrested and charged with one count of bribery of a public official and one count of distribution of cocaine.

The charges come after Noviello approached a supervisor Feb. 15 to request help “in a scheme to divert postal packages suspected of containing cocaine,” U.S. Attorney Rachael Rollins’ office said in a release.

Officials say Noviello offered to pay the supervisor $1,750 per kilogram of cocaine.

Two days later, on Feb. 17, Noviello allegedly placed $850 hidden in a Dunkin’ bag inside the supervisor’s vehicle, later telling the supervisor, “that was a nice envelope for starters.”

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The supervisor reported the employee to police and helped authorities catch him by agreeing to a controlled purchase, during which Noviello sold about four grams of cocaine for $200, prosecutors said.

Noviello was released on conditions following an initial appearance in federal court in Boston last week.

He could face up to 15 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine for bribing a public official. On the charge of cocaine distribution, Noviello could receive up to 20 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release, and a fine of $1 million.

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