Postal Office Seizing More Marijuana in the Mail

Brian Kelly (@brpkelly)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Thinking about sending, or having someone else send you, marijuana from one of the two states where it is legal?

The postal service is onto you.

Since pot was legalized in Colorado and Washington, the postal service has stepped up its efforts to intercept drugs, especially marijuana.

That’s resulted in a 14 percent increase in arrests nationwide.

Local postal inspector Dan Taylor says they’ve made arrests for numerous kinds of narcotics from far and away, but marijuanaand especially high grade marijuanais what they’re seizing.

Taylor says their investigations don’t always stay within the postal service.

“Many of the cases that we’ve worked we do work all the way to the end ourselves, but just as often we get involved with local law enforcement agencies or drug task forces to try to expand these investigations,” he says.

Taylor says people try to send pot through the mail because the mail is protected by the Constitution, and inspectors have to get a warrant to open a package.

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