ROCHESTER — A Warsaw couple was charged in U.S. District Court Thursday with conspiring to have methamphetamine shipped to their house, a shipment in which the woman filed a complaint because of its late arrival.
Michael S. Bullers, 62, and Pearl S. Mibbs, 54, were charged with conspiring and attempting to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of meth, a charge that carries a minimum penalty of 10 years to a maximum of life in federal prison.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean Eldridge said that U.S. postal inspectors were alerted to a suspicious parcel sent from Azusa, Calif., on Jan. 30, a parcel addressed to the Bullers in the village of Warsaw.
On Monday, Bullers filed an online customer complaint with the Postal Service for delayed delivery. The next day, an undercover investigator sent an email to Mibbs, saying that the package was located in Rochester and could be picked up at the Warsaw post office.
The next day, a search warrant was executed, allowing investigators to open the package: It contained 85 grams of crystal meth.
Mibbs and Bullers arrived at a gas station across from the Post Office at 4:19 p.m. Wednesday.
Eldridge said Bullers went into the minimart and Mibbs walked across the street and into the post office.
Mibbs picked up the package, which had been repackaged by investigators with “sham material.”
Mibbs was taken into custody on the spot. Bullers attempted to drive away but was quickly apprehended and taken into custody.
Investigators Wednesday night searched the couple’s house and found glass pipes, several tins containing small pieces of meth and a digital scale.
Handwritten notes with “what appeared to be cryptocurrency passphrases,” also were found, Eldridge said.
Bullers and Mibbs were detained pending a hearing next week in District Court.
The complaint is the result of an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Boston Division Inspector-in-Charge Joseph W. Cronin; the New York State Police, under the direction of Major James Hall; the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Todd Baxter; and the Warsaw Police Department, under the direction of Chief Peter Hoffmeister. Additional assistance was provided by the New York National Guard Counter Drug Task Force.