Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night will keep your drugs from you, apparently. Drug traffickers are increasingly using U.S. Mail and commercial carriers such as FedEx to ship drugs out of the country. In fact, in Florida alone the amount of cocaine and marijuana being intercepted in the mail in the first six months of 2011 is more than the total amount of 2010.
More than 3,368 pounds of marijuana were found in the mail in Florida from January to June this year. Only 2,789 pounds were found last year, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
Cocaine deliveries are on the rise too. Forty-four pounds of yayo have been intercepted in the mail during the first half of this year, compared to only 39 pounds for all of 2010.
The reasons for the increase are in part due to the growing power of Mexican drug lords and increased protection along the U.S.-Mexico border. The traffickers still cross the border but then usually drop the package in the mail and ship it to South Florida. Mexican drug dealers are also relying less on shipping their product through the Caribbean.
Unless officials or mail carriers receive a warrant, they aren't allowed to open the packages. Though, obviously enforcement is on the rise and traffickers increasingly use the tactic.
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