Shipping drugs through mail carriers is not a new problem. Some companies, like FedEx, have gotten in trouble for knowingly shipping drugs to consumers. However, the United States Postal Service is a much more unwilling participant in the drug trade. Some drug dealers will ship their drugs or money from drug sales through the United States Post Office as part of their drug operation. This is typically done to avoid driving across state lines with illegal drugs or large amount of money.
“They’re going through several states all with varying laws and you’re just one broken tail light and maybe a lead foot from being stopped by law enforcement so it’s less risky to ship it,” explains police spokesperson Dee Dee Gunther.
Drug dealers gamble on the fact that businesses like the United States Postal Service, UPS or FedEx are too big and too busy to notice if drugs are being shipped through them. In another attempt to protect themselves, dealers will often ship the drugs to a fake name, so that it is more difficult to trace the packages back to them. While it is not clear how many drugs actually get through the watchful eyes of the Post Office, authorities continue to stay on high alert.
While sending drugs through the post office may seem like smart business for drug dealers, the Postal Service is hitting back with some smart business of their own. They have offered a $50,000 reward to their employees if they successfully spot and prevent packages that contain illegal drugs from being shipped. Post Office employees are trained to be able to spot packages that are bundled suspiciously or smell like drugs. Due to the amount of training and the heft reward, the number of arrests of people who attempt to ship drugs through the mail has continued to grow throughout the years.
Illegal drug sales and the transportation of these substances continue to be something that law enforcement agencies battle. However, as more and more dealers get caught for their illegal activities the hope is that the allure of sending drugs through the mail will die off.