Former Vt. postal worker accused of drug thefts gets probation

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) A former U.S. postal worker accused of stealing prescription drugs from packages has been sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to perform community service work.

Federal prosecutors say 62-year-old Robert Mackenzie of Fletcher, Vermont, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Burlington on Wednesday after pleading guilty to one count of possession of Oxycodone.

Court records say while he was employed with the U.S. Postal Service as a rural carrier associate he stole Oxycodone for personal use from parcels that he was supposed to deliver.

Mackenzie was fired from his job.

He was ordered on Wednesday to perform 40 hours of community service during his probation.

His public defender did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

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