COMBATTING ILLICIT DRUGS IN THE MAIL:
USPS DRUG STRATEGY
Winning the battle against illicit drugs in the mail is a top priority for the U.S. Postal Service and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
Postal Inspectors across the country work every day to protect postal employees and the American public by leading the effort to eliminate drugs and contraband in the U.S. Mail, both foreign and domestic. This goal is achieved by prohibiting mail containing illegal items, investigating criminal activity, and dismantling the Dark Web which allows drug dealers to sell their goods through an internet connection.
STATE AND LOCAL PARTNERS
During Fiscal Year 2020, the Postal Inspection Service created a standardized nationwide Task Force Officer (TFO) program. TFOs are typically state and local police officers who are embedded with Postal Inspectors to enhance advance interdictions and investigations by providing access to local intelligence and networks.
The Postal Inspection Service collaborates with its federal partners, including the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), and the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), in developing and implementing the National Drug Control Strategy. This strategy is used by the federal government to reduce the availability of these drugs in the United States through law enforcement and cooperation with international partners and eliminate the negative effects that drug trafficking has on the safety of the nation.
Postal Inspectors utilize multiple avenues to stem the flow of illicit drugs from entering the country through cooperation and coordination with foreign postal operators: the Universal Postal Union (UPU); the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC); the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB); and the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol).
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