ROCHESTER, N.Y. — U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Michael Scott Bullers, 62, and Pearl Susan Mibbs, 54, both of Warsaw, NY, were arrested and charged by criminal complaint with conspiring and attempting to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. The charges carry a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $10,000,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean Eldridge, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, on January 30, 2021, U.S. Postal Inspectors were alerted to a suspect parcel sent from Azusa, CA and addressed to defendant Bullers on Gouinlock Street in Warsaw. On February 2, 2021, a search warrant was executed on the package which contained approximately 85 grams of suspected crystal methamphetamine.
On February 1, 2021, defendant Mibbs filed an online customer complaint with the Postal Service for the delayed delivery of the subject parcel. The following day, an undercover investigator sent an email to Mibbs stating that the subject parcel was located in Rochester, NY, and would be available for pickup at the Warsaw Post Office. On February 3, at approximately 4:19 p.m., the defendants arrived at a gas station across the street from the Warsaw Post Office. While defendant Bullers went into the minimart, defendant Mibbs walked across the street to the post office. A few minutes later, Mibbs picked up the subject parcel, which was replaced with sham material, at the customer service counter and walked out of the Post Office. As Mibbs was taken into custody by investigators, Bullers, who was waiting across the street, attempted to drive away. He too was apprehended and taken into custody. Later that night, a search warrant was executed at the defendants’ residence in Warsaw. Investigators recovered several glass pipes, several tins containing small pieces of suspected crystal methamphetamine, and a digital scale. Investigators also found handwritten notes, including what appeared to be cryptocurrency passphrases.
The defendants made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark W. Pedersen and are being held pending detention hearings on February 8, 2021.
The complaint is the result of an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Boston Division Inspector-in-Charge Joseph W. Cronin; the New York State Police, under the direction of Major James Hall; the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Todd Baxter; and the Warsaw Police Department, under the direction of Chief Peter Hoffmeister. Additional assistance was provided by the New York National Guard Counter Drug Task Force.
The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.