U.S. Postal Inspection Service

USPS
POSTAL

INSPECTION SERVICE

Enforcing the law. Established Aug. 7, 1775. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service enforces federal laws, prevents crimes and keeps customers, employees and the mail safe.

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It’s one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the nation. Postal Inspectors remain on the heels of the criminals — targeting theft, disrupting drug traffickers, warning about fraud scams and more.

The Inspection Service does this with approximately 2,400 employees — including nearly 1,300 Postal Inspectors, roughly 500 uniformed Postal Police Offices and 600 professional, technical and administrative support personnel — all working to ensure America’s confidence in the U.S. Mail.

Case Closed

14 kilos

of fentanyl seized

In 2021, Postal Inspectors seized more than 14 kilograms of fentanyl and fentanyl analogues. Inspectors also uncovered more than 80 packages containing synthetic opioids.

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The Postal Inspection Service is turning the tide against opioid dealers on the dark web. Detecting and stopping their shipments is only the beginning; tracing illegal drugs back to their source and shutting them down is the ultimate mission.

In August 2021, a Postal Inspection Service investigation culminated in a 15-year prison sentence for a notorious dark web drug trafficker. Chukwuemeka Okparaeke, aka “Fentmaster,” was responsible for at least 7,000 transactions in synthetic opioids. At least one of these shipments resulted in the overdose and death of an 18-year-old victim. Following Okparaeke’s arrest, Postal Inspectors seized more than 14 kilograms of fentanyl and fentanyl analogues. Inspectors also uncovered more than 80 packages containing synthetic opioids that would have been shipped throughout the United States had Okparaeke not been arrested.

Delivering Justice

2,113

synthetic opioid seizures

The Inspection Service is committed to using the most advanced technology to stop fentanyl traffickers. Postal Inspectors use data, forensics and citizens’ tips to protect Americans and apprehend opioid dealers who send illegal drugs through the mail. In fiscal years 2017-2021, the USPIS had 2,113 synthetic opioid seizures, totaling 2,039 pounds.

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In 2021 alone, 790 synthetic opioid seizures resulted in 985 pounds of drugs off the street.

Illegal Narcotics

Postal Museum
2,323

arrests

In 2021, the Inspection Service reports 2,323 arrests for illegal narcotics-related cases.

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