By: Tom Howell Jr.
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The new drug mules aren’t gang members or down-and-out ex-cons or even children trying to make a quick buck.
In fact, the latest players in drug trafficking often wear a uniform, drive a government car and are due to collect a taxpayer-backed pension when they retire — from the U.S. Postal Service.
Authorities say that the ongoing opioid epidemic is being fueled by the mail, tracing paths from India or China right to Americans’ doorsteps.
“It comes from our postal system and their postal system into the United States. Unbelievable — the poison is coming in the mail to our communities,” said Sen. Rob Portman, Ohio Republican, in a recent floor speech.
“It’s easy to do because, unlike private carriers — think UPS or FedEx — in the mail system you can send a package without having any information attached to it,” he said. “It shouldn’t be that easy, and it doesn’t have to be.”
Congress recently took steps to combat the scourge of prescription painkillers and heroin. But a rash of overdoses has drawn attention to synthetic opioids like carfentanil or its well-known cousin, fentanyl, that travel up drug routes from Mexico or arrive from China and India.
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