JFK Customs implements STOP Act to stop opioids sent through international mail

JFK U.S. Customs Border Protection and USPS are in the forefront of sophisticated operations to fight the import of illegal drugs.

The Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act requires that all mail sent from foreign countries through the U.S. Postal Service must provide “package level detail information” to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. This reduces the degree of dangerous synthetic opioid drugs like fentanyl and carfentanil from being shipped through the country’s borders to drug traffickers here in the United States.

The act intends to ensure that merchandise arriving through the mail shall be subject to review by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and to require the provision of advance electronic information on shipments of mail to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and for other purposes.

The JFK post office is the largest facility handling international mail in the US. Port Director Frank Russo is in charge of making sure that the information collected by the USPS is received before the shipment reaches JFK Airport so steps can be take to review arriving mail parcels. According to Port Director Frank Russo, fentanyl is a drug produced in a laboratory and can be manufactured inexpensively overseas then sold here in the U.S. for incredible sums of profit. He says that the major problem is that it is extremely dangerous like heroin with overdoses occurring regularly leading to death. Just three pure sand like grains of fentanyl can kill someone, hence the urgency to stop as much as possible before entering U.S. homes. Opioids in the U.S. are generally sold under brand names such as Vicodin, MS Contin, Kadian, Oxycontin, Percoset, Dilaidid and Duragesic; they are normally legally prescribed and purchase in the U.S. for pain relief.

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