According to the U.S. government, more marijuana is being shipped these days through the U.S. Mail than ever before (see the link). The U.S. Postal Service has seen marijuana seizures increase by more than 400 percent since 2007. “There is no better way to ship drugs right now,” said San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne. “It’s going up all the time.” Marijuana shipments are up, while other drugs are on the decline. Between 2008 and 2009, there were fewer seizures of cocaine, heroin, opium, and methamphetamine.
Postal Service Inspectors recently found what appeared to be canned corn. But when inspectors opened the cans, they found bags of marijuana inside. The bags were heat sealed, the weight was the same as what was listed on the label of the can, and the can was professionally sealed to lock in the smell. The amount of marijuana seized by inspectors, has increased every year since 2005. There was an 84 percent increase from 2007 to 2008 and a 180 percent increase between 2008 and 2009. Inspectors seized 8,453 lbs in 2007, 15,521 lbs in 2008, and 43,403 lbs of marijuana in 2009. Despite the growing amount of seizures, the amount of inspectors has stayed the same during this time span.
An estimated 75 percent of marijuana seized by the Post Office has originated in four states; Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. However, this does not mean that other areas are not seeing marijuana shipments. Recently, a woman in South Dakota received 50 lbs of marijuana in the mail, which she thought was a television. “It was not what she expected,” said local Sheriff Duane Mohr, “It had an international post stamp on it, but they were crafty enough to print off a return address label with a Motorola logo on it just to make it look legitimate.”
There are 1,614 inspectors at United States Post Offices. They use K-9’s to assist in the searches, but it is like searching for a needle in a hay stack. However, it hasn’t stopped 1,278 people from going to jail in 2009, for trying to mail marijuana. The U.S. Postal Service offers a $50,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of people trying to mail marijuana via the U.S. mail system.
Have you ever tried to ship marijuana through the mail? I only know one person that had the balls to do it, but he was successful! He shipped a quarter pound of supers to his son in Texas. He did all the classic stuff like heat seal it, with fabric softener sheets inside of the heat sealed bag. Then he rolled it in syrup, then in coffee grounds, and then heat sealed it again. He wrapped the entire thing in layers of plastic wrap and put it in a box with some more coffee. At the time I told him he was throwing a QP down the toilet, but his son confirmed that it arrived, and that he was smoking it in his bong!