Joint Strike Force Dismantles Interstate Drug Trafficking Organization
Date: 11/22/23 | Category: Narcotics
The opioid crisis continues to devastate parts of the country, especially vulnerable populations. Because of the severity of this crisis, local and regional governments are now offering the antidote Naloxone (commonly known as Narcan) and fentanyl testing strips free of charge to save lives. Some Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTOs) continue to target the Postal Service to transport and distribute illegal narcotics across state lines. Now more than ever, the work of our OIG Narcotics Strike Fo
As you’ll soon read in our upcoming Fall Semiannual Report to Congress, our OIG Hotline received over 90,000 complaints in the second half of this fiscal year. One of them led to a contract fraud investigation that returned a sizeable amount of money to the Postal Service.
USPS OIG and Federal Partners Keep a Killer Off the Streets
Date: 10/25/23 | Category: Narcotics
Illegal fentanyl is a modern-day killer. The tip of a pencil can hold a lethal dose of the synthetic opioid — that’s how dangerous it is. Imagine the death toll 200,000 pills of fentanyl could cause. That’s how many fentanyl pills our special agents and their DEA, HSI, and USPIS counterparts found in the mailstream heading to a New Jersey post office. The pills were divided among three Priority Mail parcels, all destined for a city carrier’s route. The carrier delivered the parcels, except he h
Security personnel would have thought nothing of it and, in fact, they didn’t at the time: Two siblings were captured by security cameras making over $5,000 in purchases at their local Nordstrom. Security footage also showed a third man spending over $1,000 at an Apple store. They were good days for the local merchants, yet these shopping sprees were anything but normal for the actual account holders. Were they random acts or were they somehow connected?
It was a mild spring morning in 2019 when a Postal Service city carrier drove up to a small, unassuming home in St. Louis, Missouri. As routine would have it, she walked up to the porch, picked up a Priority Mail package, and drove off. Except she wasn’t alone. As she tried to turn around on a one-way street, the sight of flashing lights caught her attention. Had she done something wrong? She certainly wasn’t speeding.