(TMU) — A former United States Postal Service employee in Baltimore pleaded guilty to selling marijuana along his mail route. William McRae reportedly delivered marijuana to customers along his route, which covered a portion of West Baltimore.
According to investigators, McRae delivered over 220 pounds of marijuana while he was trafficking along his mail route.
Law enforcement was first tipped off to the operation when they discovered that 200 suspicious packages were shipped from California to the same zip code in Baltimore, with all of the packages destined for McRae’s route, CBS reported.
Police followed McRae on his route while investigating the packages, and eventually saw him passing a package to his accomplice, Michael Gray, on the corner of West Lombard and Mount Streets.
Instead of delivering the packages to what ended up being phony addresses on the packages, McRae would drop the packages with Gray, who would then distribute the contents on the streets. After learning of the operation, police continued to conduct surveillance, collecting a significant amount of evidence before obtaining arrest warrants.
Aside from the few slip-ups that led to the exposure of the operation, McRae and Gray’s plan was a creative and successful one. A mail carrier is the perfect cover, as there is very little chance that they would be pulled over and searched. Also, address the packages to other people gave the mail carrier some plausible deniability.
McRae is facing up to 40 years in prison for the crime and is due to be sentenced on July 15. Meanwhile, Gray faces just 20 years and is scheduled for sentencing in November. Gray has plead guilty to conspiracy to distribute marijuana.
Earlier this year, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced that marijuana possession cases would no longer be prosecuted in the city.
However, in this case, the issue is complicated because of the large volumes of cannabis that McRaw was selling, as well as his use of a federal job to carry out the sales. Although cannabis is becoming legal and penalties are loosening up in some areas, including Baltimore, federal agencies still have a zero tolerance attitude when it comes to the plant. However, there is not much difference between what these men are accused of and what legal dispensaries across the Baltimore area do with the state’s permission.
A new industry is developing across the country that is helping some companies get rich, but only if they have the millions of dollars required to get off the ground and pay the necessary licensing fees. It is possible that the mail carrier and his accomplice will now spend a large portion of the rest of their lives in jail simply because they were involved with the distribution of a plant that has been proven to be safer than alcohol and most, if not all, painkilling pharmaceuticals.
Video Showing UFOs Swarming Navy Warship is Real, Pentagon Confirms
Late last month, reports emerged that a number of U.S. Navy guided missile destroyers sailing off the coast near Los Angeles encountered a swarm of strange unidentified flying objects or drones in 2019. While Navy investigators looked into the strange incident, no explanation has since been given.
However, new footage has been leaked to documentary filmmaker Jeremy Corbell that shows the strange flying objects swarming above one of the ships, and the Pentagon has confirmed that the videos are authentic.
“I can confirm that the referenced photos and videos were taken by Navy personnel,” a Department of Defense spokesperson told Futurism.
In the brief footage, which appears to have been recorded with night vision cameras, triangular or pyramid-shaped objects can be seen hovering above the deck of a Navy destroyer.
According to Corbell, the Pentagon has gone to great lengths to disavow any connection to the swarming UAVs.
“This was taken on deployment from the USS Russell,” Corbell told Mystery Wire. “It shows what they described as vehicles. And they made a great distinction. They made sure in this classified briefing, they made a great distinction that this is not something that we own either a black project, this is not something of a foreign military, that these were behaving in ways that we did not expect.“
“And that they were you know shaped non aerodynamically,” he added. “Like pyramids, these are flying pyramids!”
The video, as well as a number of photos from the incident, have all been gathered by the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force, a group tasked with investigating encounters between the different service branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and a number of unidentified flying objects.
While officials have been baffled by the unknown flying objects, in recent years the Pentagon has been more vocal about past encounters, which they describe as having been frequent. Officials have also discouraged the use of the acronym “UFOs,” instead opting to describe them as unidentified aerial phenomena or UAPs.
Prince Philip Joke About Reincarnating as Deadly Virus to ‘Solve Overpopulation’ Resurfaces
The Friday announcement of the death of Prince Philip elicited a range of reactions on social media, with some users eulogizing the late royal while others used the occasion to heap mockery upon the British monarchy.
However, others also shared an old quote from the Prince Philip where he bizarrely suggested that after he died, his wish would be that he is reincarnated as a deadly virus in order to help solve the so-called problem of overpopulation.
The decidedly anti-social quote was taken from a 2009 article published by The Guardian that listed out a number of controversial and generally distasteful quotes from the Queen’s husband on various subjects.
The full quote read: “In the event that I am reincarnated, I would like to return as a deadly virus, to contribute something to solving overpopulation.”
Tweeting a screenshot of the quote, user Riya said: “WHAT THE F*CK.”
While others replied to the misanthropic quote with a reference to the ongoing pandemic:
The Daily Express notes that the quote originates from a joking comment about deadly viruses that the prince made in a 1988 interview with Deutsche Press-Agentur. The quote was also widely shared during the initial outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
Buckingham Palace announced the death of Prince Philip, royal consort to Queen Elizabeth II, on Friday morning.
“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” the announcement read. “His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”
As Marine Life Flees the Equator, Global Mass Extinction is Imminent: Scientists
The waters surrounding the equator are one of the most biodiverse areas in the globe, with the tropical area rich in marine life including rare sea turtles, whale sharks, manta rays, and other creatures.
However, rampant rises in temperate have led to a mass exodus of marine species from the sensitive region – with grave implications for life on earth.
While ecologists have long seen the thriving biodiversity of equatorial species holding constant in the past few centuries, a new study by Australian researchers published in The Conversation has found that warming global temperatures are now hitting the equator hard, potentially leading to an unprecedented mass extinction event.
The researchers from the Universities of Auckland, Queensland, and the Sunshine Coast found that as waters surrounding the equator continue to heat up, the ecosystem is being disrupted and forcing species to flee toward the cooler water of the South and North Pole.
The massive changes in marine ecosystems that this entails will have a grave impact not only on ocean life – essentially becoming invasive species in their new homes – but also on the human livelihoods that depend on it.
“When the same thing happened 252 million years ago, 90 percent of all marine species died,” the researchers wrote.
To see where marine life is headed, the researchers tracked the distribution of about 49,000 different species to see what their trajectory was. The global distribution of ocean life typically resembles a bell curve, with far fewer species near the poles and more near the equator.
However, the vast alteration of the curve is already in motion as creatures flee to the poles, according to a study they published in the journal PNAS.
These changes augur major disruptions to global ecosystem as marine life scrambles in a chaotic fight for food, space, and resources – with a mass die-off and extinction of creatures likely resulting.
The research underscores the dire need for human societies to control rampant climate change before the biodiversity and ecological health of the planet is pushed past the point of no return.
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