A Lorena U.S. Postal Service worker was using and distributing methamphetamine while on duty, McLennan County sheriff’s officials say.

A 10-month investigation resulted in the arrest of Edward Flores II, 39, of Lorena on Thursday. Flores worked for the U.S. Postal Service for more than 21 years and frequently distributed methamphetamine in his uniform while driving a Postal Service vehicle, McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said.

Flores was booked in to McLennan County Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone, McNamara said.

As part of the investigation, McNamara said organized crime unit deputies executed a search warrant on Flores’ home in the 400 block of Greystone Drive in Lorena, seizing 175 grams of methamphetamine, which has a street value of about $17,000. Investigators also seized a small amount of marijuana in the search.

McNamara said Flores was likely participating in illegal methamphetamine distribution for years, using his job as a cover.

The Texas Department of Public Safety criminal investigation division and Waco Drug Enforcement Administration officers also assisted in the investigation, which is ongoing.

McNamara said Flores’s wife also is an employee of the U.S. Postal Service.

“As far as we can tell, she was not aware of it,” McNamara said.

Flores was released from jail Friday morning on a $10,000 bond.

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