Mailman Edward Flores delivered meth on his postal route in Lorena, Texas, say cops who busted the 20-year postal service veteran last week in a case of a real-life everyman who ends up “breaking bad.”
The premise of the popular AMC TV Breaking Bad drama that ran from 2008 to 2013 was that an ordinary man could be pushed into a life of crime, as a methamphetamine kingpin in the American southwest. While the full story of what led Edward Flores II to his alleged life of meth dealing has not yet come out, his case a first glance seems like a story of life imitating television.
The arrest on meth dealing charges of Edward Flores came after a 10 month investigation by the McLennan County sheriff’s office. Flores is currently free on $10,000 bond.
The extensive probe culminated last week when deputies in the sheriff’s Organized Crime division executed a search warrant, raiding the home that the 39-year-old mailman shares with his wife, who is, in fact, the postmaster in Lorena, a tiny city of fewer than 1,700 people outside of Waco, Texas.
Mailman Edward Flores worked out of a post office based in Waco, but delivered mail — and, investigators say, meth — in Lorena.
McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said that as far as his investigators have been able to determine, the mailman’s wife was not aware of Edward Flores’ meth selling business.
The investigators also charge that Flores used meth, a dangerous and addictive amphetamine, while on the job. They say that he sold and delivered the drug while in uniform for his job as a U.S. Postal worker, and actually used his official mail delivery vehicle to carry on his methamphetamine operation.
They suspect that Edward Flores has been involved in the sale and distribution of meth for several years at least. Investigators did not say if anyone else was implicated in the mailman’s meth operation.
The mailman also sold meth out of his house, where the sheriff’s deputies found and seized 175 grams of the drug, believed to have a street retail value of about $17,000.
The investigation of mailman Edward Flores was initiated by tips from the public, McNamara said, and involved investigators placing Flores under surveillance. It was during those stakeouts that, the police say, they observed him delivering and selling meth to customers on his postal route, out of a truck owned by the U.S. Postal Service, and in the uniform of a mailman.