Postal inspectors are federal law enforcement officers responsible for enforcing laws that defend the nation’s mail system from illegal or dangerous use. In 2016, the Postal Inspection Service implemented the ANP program, which is an administrative procedure used to detain, document, and process mail packages that are reasonably suspected of containing marijuana from the mailstream.
Our objective was to determine whether the U.S. Postal Inspection Service has efficient and effective controls to manage the Administrative Non-Mailability Protocol (ANP) program.
U.S. Postal Inspection Service Handling of Suspected Marijuana Packages
Unlike in criminal investigations, the ANP program does not require postal inspectors to obtain search warrants to open detained packages. Rather, they request consent from mailers or addressees to open detained packages. If there is no response after 21 days, packages are declared abandoned and can be opened. When identified as non-mailable items, their contents are seized and disposed and mailable items are returned to the original addressees. Due to this process, the Postal Inspection Service has determined that abandoned packages are not used as evidence in criminal investigations; however, information about the packages, such as an address, may be used to support new or ongoing criminal investigations. This program was established primarily to remove marijuana from the mailstream.
The hemp in Levy’s shipment was certified to contain .14 percent THC — tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical that produces marijuana’s high — well below the federal legal limit of .3 percent.
According to Levy, a “gung-ho” FedEx driver transporting the hemp took it upon himself to re-route the shipment to East New York’s 75th Precinct last month, where cops incorrectly determined it was marijuana and confiscated it.
Even though the hemp has been returned, it will have to be tested to see if it’s still up to snuff.
The documents could prove damning in the company’s $10 million suit against the city.
CBD company to sue city, NYPD for seizing legal hemp in pot bust
In a since-deleted tweet, the precinct even bragged about the interception — but the case went up in smoke and authorities were forced to drop charges earlier this month after the mix-up became undeniable.