SEATTLE -- Recently unsealed court documents say a Hood Canal mail carrier who was fired in 2010 for burning undelivered mail had held on to much more -- 159 tubs -- that were buried in a trench on his property at Belfair.

The mail was uncovered last month after a woman living with Richard Farrell reported it to the Postal Service.

The reports Farrell has not been charged. Information about the buried mail comes from search warrant documents.

In 2010 Farrell was sentenced to 130 hours of community service for burning thousands of letters that went undelivered because he spent his day in a tavern.

Investigators believe they missed the bulk of his undelivered mail. Mail from the trench could total 35,000 letters and packages.

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