Drugs in the Mail

What You Can and Can't Mail

  1. Hazardous and dangerous items are not meant to be mailed.
  2. Check with your local Post Office if you're not sure about mailing an item.
  3. If you recieve something suspicious in the mail, contact us.

Scheme Information

Prohibited Mailings

Prohibited Mail

Postal Inspectors focus on illicit drug mailers and distribution rings, maintaining an aggressive drug parcel-detection program, and seeking prosecution of mailers and recipients of illegal drugs.


Prohibited Mail

Postal Inspectors make hundreds of arrests annually, with seizures of illegal narcotics, cash profits, weapons, and other contraband and materials related to investigations.


Prohibited Mail

Besides seizing thousands of drug shipments, Postal Inspectors work with local police, the National Guard, DEA, FBI, IRS, and ICE to identify drug-related money laundering operations and seize the assets of the biggest violators.


The Postal Service has no interest in being the unwitting accomplice to anyone using the U.S. Mail to distribute illegal drugs or paraphernalia. Postal Inspectors work hard to rid the mail of illicit drug trafficking and the associated violence. They strive to preserve the integrity of the mail, and, most importantly, provide a safe environment for postal employees and for you.

Postal Inspectors make hundreds of drug arrests annually, with seizures of illegal narcotics, cash profits, weapons, and other contraband and materials related to investigations. Last year, Postal Inspectors made 1,954 arrests involving drug traf-ficking, saw the conviction of 1,486 suspects, and seized 40,489 pounds of illegal narcotics and $22,487,980. In light of the nation’s opioid epi¬demic, the Postal Inspection Service is strengthening its efforts to identi¬fy mailings containing fentanyl and other synthetic opioids.

Drugs are a problem in our society, causing daily challenges. However, as a young person, very few have the potential to affect your life in a more significant way than the decisions you make about drugs. The decisions you make about drugs will influence your health, your grades, your relationships, your job or career, maybe even your freedom. Just say “NO!

If mail was used in a crime, even if the crime began on the Internet, phone, or in person, report it to Postal Inspectors at 877-876-2455, or at postalinspectors.uspis.gov.