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Cleveland postal inspectors watching for illegal drugs in U.S. mail after recent bust

August 18, 2023
2023 08 18 at 3.29 PM


CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) – Following suit with their counterparts across the country, postal inspectors in Cleveland are monitoring mail for illegal drugs after more than 100,000 pounds of narcotics were discovered in the mail in 2022.

“Postal Inspectors actively seek to rid the mail stream of dangerous narcotics. Our objective is to rid the mail of illicit drug trafficking, preserve the integrity of the mail and most important, to provide a safe environment for our postal employees and the American public,” said Cleveland postal inspector Ian Ortega.

Last month, the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida announced 17 people were charged with drug trafficking after allegedly shipping thousands of kilograms of methamphetamine and fentanyl across the country, including by mail.

19 News requested a synopsis of any similar incidents over the last year in the Cleveland area, but the United States Postal Inspection Service would not divulge any information without a formal records request.

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