Police say postman was making pot deliveries

Police say postman was making pot deliveries
VERNONIA, Ore. (AP) - State and federal authorities have arrested a Vernonia mail carrier, Ronald Richard Berkan, Jr., after his indictment on charges of distributing marijuana, sometimes from his postal delivery truck.
     
The indictment says Berkan, 46, distributed pound quantities of the drug to underage buyers in the Cedar Mill area of Washington County, a Portland suburb, over a period of years.
     
Three search warrants were executed, two on residences in the Cedar Mill area and a third at Berkan's home near Vernonia in the Oregon Coast Range of Columbia County where an indoor marijuana-growing operation was found.
     
Berkan's arrest followed months of investigation by the U.S. Postal Service, Office of the Inspector General and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, the Washington County Interagency Narcotics Team and the Lake Oswego Police Department.
     
Berkan was arraigned in federal court Thursday, freed, and ordered to return on Tuesday.
     
Trial was set for May 1.
     
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