It looks like the VA is guilty of more than just putting veterans on a long wait list that often waited until after the patient had died to see them. Apparently, some VA workers decided they weren’t making enough money doing what they were doing, and so they set up a drug ring to bring in a little extra cash. The Daily Caller reported:
Two Veterans Affairs Medical Center employees were arrested last week for using VA facilities to smuggle and deal cocaine, the Department of Justice recently announced.
Robert Tucker and Erik Casiano had been using the U.S. Postal Service and the mailroom of a VA Medical Center in the Bronx to receive and distribute cocaine since “at least November 2013,” according to the press release. Tucker has worked for the VA since 1997, and in 2012 was promoted to supervisor of the Logistics Warehouse and Mail Center. Casiano, a pipefitter in the plumbing department, had worked for the center since 2012.
All told, the two attempted to distribute over 5 kilograms of cocaine. If found guilty, they each face a minimum of 10 years in prison, and could be jailed for life.
The investigation began in December 2013 when a package addressed to the center caught the attention of postal inspectors in Puerto Rico, who discovered 2 kilograms of cocaine inside. Undercover investigators watched the pair receive and exchange such packages four times before finally busting them after Tucker was caught on video surveillance handing one over to Casiano in exchange for $500. Casiano was arrested while attempting to drive away with the package. One kilogram of cocaine was seized from his car.
According to Narcotic News, 1 kilogram of cocaine can fetch up to $35,000 in New York City.
Not that this is a surprise. The feds were more than likely upset, because they don’t appreciate having competition in the drug business. They like to maintain their monopoly.
This seems to be the caliber of character of government employees these days. I know there are some good VA workers and doctors, those who take their job seriously to care for veterans of wars that our presidents have ordered them to fight over the years. The least that the government can do is to take care of these people when these senseless war games drive them mad.
But like most government agencies today, those who take their job seriously are not the norm. That’s why internet pornography and drug-dealing is so prevalent in the public sector. The government prefers to hire and endorse people of shady moral character.