In news that may be reassuring to some, Australia Post claims they can’t legally detect drugs in the mail and even if they could – they lack the technology to do so.
ABC News filed a Freedom of Information request to gather details on investigations of illegal narcotics being sent through the mail. For those who are unaware, Australia Post is the Australian-Government-owned postal service provider. The postal service, in the response letter to ABC News, shed some light on the Australian government’s ability to detect both drugs and explosives being shipped in or out of the country.
Australia Post is required by law to report the suspected presence of illegal goods in packages, but they are unequipped to accurately determine whether or not a package contains illegal goods. This is in stark contrast with other the postal services in other countries, such as USPS, the postal service of the United States. USPS has the U.S. Postal Inspection Service that does exactly what the department title implies: inspects packages. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is responsible for at least 1,000 arrests a year related to sending and receiving illegal goods through the mail.
The letter also states that the postal service