U.S., Private Parcel Services a Popular Way to Send Illegal Drugs


Mailing illegal drugs is on the increase, says the Baltimore Sun. “It’s very easy to do without it being detected just because of the sheer volume of mail,” said Neill Franklin, a former Baltimore police major and executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a group that advocates legalizing and regulating drugs. “It’s worth taking the chance to do it: It sure beats driving, and you definitely don’t want to get on a plane with it.”

The U.S. Postal Service and private parcel services have become popular shipping choices for traffickers as drug laws have evolved. California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana more than 15 years ago, and dispensaries have proliferated there. Meanwhile, more than a dozen states have followed suit, and last month Colorado and Washington state voters approved ballot measures legalizing recreational marijuana. On a busy day at a Maryland U.S. Postal Service processing facility, Diesel, a police drug-sniffing dog, located parcels that were later shown to contain two kilograms of cocaine and more than eight kilograms of marijuana. “Express Mail and Priority Mail services are regularly used to ship controlled substances and bulk cash through the U.S. Mail,” said postal inspector Christopher Callahan.

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