Edmond Postal Worker Accused Of Trafficking Drugs

Friday, February 28th 2014, 10:01 pm
By: News 9

An Edmond postal worker is arrested, accused of trafficking drugs for friends through the mail.

Police searched his home Friday morning, and found marijuana, meth and more than $2,000 inside. According to Edmond police, this all came to light after postal inspectors noticed suspicious activity.

News 9's Evan Anderson actually sat down with the suspect, Art Ladd, and his wife last August. That's when their son was shot and killed in a northwest OKC motel.

"It's hard to forget, but you have to forgive," said Art Ladd, during a News 9 interview Aug. 16, 2013.

Ladd's son, Blayke Ladd, was an Edmond Memorial Basketball standout. He was gunned down in a Lincoln Blvd. motel. Ladd and his wife Donna told us their faith is what has given them the strength to forgive their son's killer.

"Am I angry, yes," said Ladd. "Will I get over it? I believe so with God's help."

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Now, allegations of drug trafficking through the US Postal Service come as a shock to many who knew Ladd. He was a letter carrier out of the MLK postal station in Oklahoma City.

"We had information that he had drugs inside the home," said Edmond PD spokesperson, Jenny Monroe.

Edmond PD narcotics teams conducted an investigation into the drug allegations after postal inspectors asked for their help. According to them, enough evidence was found to get a warrant to search his home.

"They had suspected that he was package profiling, which would mean putting together the pieces of packages," said Monroe.

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Investigators say Ladd actually admitted to intercepting packages for friends who were selling drugs. He also admitted that he brought some of those drugs to his Edmond home.

"We did find marijuana in a back bedroom, and meth, and some paraphernalia and stuff," said Monroe.

A little over 25 grams of meth was found and nearly three pounds of marijuana. $2,811 in cash was also found under a bedroom mattress. 

The Edmond Police Department has been involved in the investigation since early January. Ladd was booked into the Oklahoma County jail Friday evening.

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