James Ludwig, accused of stealing mail, now charged with possessing a narcotic drug

A suspended U.S. Postal Service worker,accused of stealing gift cards and cash from holiday mail was arrested today by state police for allegedly possessing a narcotic drug.

James J. Ludwig, 45, of Fairport, is charged with seventh-degreee criminal possession of an undisclosed controlled substance, a Class A misdemeanor. Calls placed to state police to learn the drug involved had not been returned by this evening.

According to a state police release, Ludwig was allegedly in possession of the drug on Jan. 12 when first arrested at the Victor post office by members of the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General (OIG), which led an investigation into missing pieces of mail from a U.S. Postal Service route in the northern part of the town of Victor.

Troopers, who assisted OIG agents Jan. 12, arrested Ludwig at his home Monday. Ludwig was processed at state police barracks in Canandaigua and issued an appearance ticket for Feb. 8 in Victor Town Court.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of New York announced Jan. 24 that it had charged Ludwig Jan. 12 with theft of mail matter by a postal employee in connection with the OIG investigation begun Dec. 27 when it was notified of complaints from the U.S. Postal Service in Victor about the missing mail.

As part of the investigation, Ludwig was allegedly seen by agents on video surveillance cameras leaving his route to go to the address of someone who had redeemed one of the stolen cards, removing items from pieces of mail in his mail bag and putting them into his lunch box, and preparing two lines of a white powdery substance he appeared to snort through a rolled dollar bill.

In connection with the federal case, Ludwig made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jonathan W. Feldman and was released on a number of conditions. He is scheduled to reappear before Feldman on March 13 for a status hearing.