Postal manager arrested on drug charges in York County

Charlotte postal service manager busted for drugs
Published: Jun. 11, 2015 at 12:47 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 11, 2015 at 12:47 AM EDT
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YORK COUNTY, SC (WBTV) - A U.S. Postal Service worker was arrested on drug charges after he reportedly sold cocaine at a Fort Mill home in early June, according to the York County Sheriff's Office.

Nicholas Papageorge, 45, is charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, trafficking hydrocodone and driving under suspension.

Deputies said they were contacted by a confidential source who said Papageorge "distributed a quantity of cocaine" at a home on Spicewood Pines Road. The York County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit began an investigation.

"About three months ago we received information that Mr. Papageorge was selling illegal drugs from his residence," Sgt. Rayford Ervin told WBTV. "Through the investigation we were able to make a control purchase of cocaine."

Investigators obtained a warrant to search Papageorge's house. They say on June 4 as they watched the house and waited to execute the search warrant, Papageorge pulled up in a vehicle.

"We approached the vehicle, got Mr. Papageorge out. We seized approximately 5.3 grams of cocaine, 10 hydrocodone pills – which was actually 10 hydrocodone pills."

Detectives said he also had $110 in cash. At his home, investigators said they found a digital scale, packaging materials and a plate with cocaine residue.

According to the official report, Papageorge's driver's license was suspended at the time.

Postal Service officials confirmed that Papageorge is employed as a maintenance manager for the Charlotte Processing Center on Futrelle Drive. He has been with the post office since November 1994.

Investigators in York County and postal service investigators both said they do not suspect that Papageorge used the post office for his alleged crimes.

Postal service officials added that the case is "strictly between" Papageorge and the York County Sheriff's Office.

Sgt. Ervin said, "We just got information he was dealing to different age groups – not sure how young they were he was dealing with."

People in the Spicewood subdivision say the neighborhood is quiet, and filled with families and children.

Some aren't surprised at the arrest.

One woman, who didn't want to be identified, said, "There was a lot of traffic over there. A lot of cars."

Papageorge has since been released from jail.

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