Illegal drugs through the mail: ‘It’s a daily occurrence’

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A U.S. Postal Service inspector says the post office battles narcotic trafficking daily.

Postal Service Inspector Paul Shade intercepted 6 pounds of methamphetamine from making its way to a home in Hutchinson last week. Shade says the post office uses a multitude of resources to identify suspicious parcels coming through the mail stream.

“In this particular case, we were able to identify the package in a hands-on mail sort,” said Shade.

He obtained a federal search warrant on Thursday, Jan. 24 after a Wichita police dog smelled the package for narcotics. The package came from an address in Las Vegas and was being mailed to a home in the 500 block of East Avenue B in Hutchinson.

Shade is in the federal law enforcement branch over the postal service in the state of Kansas and parts of Missouri.

“It’s a daily occurrence where we are pulling illegal narcotics from the mail stream,” said Shade. “We typically see international as well as domestic parcels.”

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