Sending drugs through the mail has long been a trick employed by drug addicts and drug dealers. The scheme is popular because it adds another level of removal for dealers. By shipping drugs through the post office, dealers use delivery employees to assume the risk and complete the transaction, unknowingly. The post office is not the only institution that has gotten roped into dealing drugs, companies like FedEx and UPS have been dealing with this problem as well. In some cases, the private services are even more vulnerable due to overseas shipments.
If the substances make it through standard screening processes, they are often delivered to addresses where nobody lives. These packages are then left there by the postal workers, to be picked up by the intended recipients surreptitiously. There have also been reports by employees stating that recipients confronted the mail carriers in alleys and along the road, demanding the packages and even assaulting them.
The heightened danger illustrates the importance of eliminating this transportation method for drugs and keeping postal workers and other carrier employees safe. “Our main focus is to eradicate drugs from the mail and identify large drug organizations throughout the United States,” explained Tom Noyes a postal inspector in North Carolina.
Although North Carolina certainly isn’t the only state that is experiencing this problem, there have been multiple reports regarding illicit drugs and drug money being found and confiscated. Despite all the discoveries of drugs, inspectors warn that most drugs do not get detected by police or postal employees. This means that drugs being sent through the mail are still a very real threat to U.S. citizens.
Currently, anyone caught sending drugs through the mail are faced with serious jail time. In order to increase the amount of seizures and send a message to anyone attempting this federal crime, more investigators are being assigned to monitor potential threats.