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Can Police Intercept My UPS Package?

Nearly every package, even those sent overnight, which are mailed via UPS, DHL, FedEx, or Post Office is sent through a central processing area. These areas may be located in Louisville, KY, Charlotte, NC, Nashville, TN, or other locations throughout the United States. This area is for sorting and shipping, but it is often also used to detect illegal and/or stolen goods. Most of these areas are also patrolled with drug sniffing dogs that can detect marijuana and many other substances. The police or other local authorities are often called by the shipper if there is suspicious activity. If a dog hits on a package, that is generally considered as probably cause so that the investigator can obtain a search warrant. Once a warrant is issued, the package can be opened and the sender can be charged with the crime. Many times if a package is known to contain drugs, the police will go a step further and repackage the material and send an undercover agent, posising as the delivery man, to deliver the package. This is done more often where the volume of drugs would lead the authorities to believe that the receiver is trafficking a controlled substance. There are many legal issues involved, including federal versus state charges; jurisdiction of a state law violation; suppression for illegal search; reasonable right to privacy and the basis for the suspicious package. If you have had a suspicious package intercepted, have been contacted by authorities, or if you are the subject of a drug trafficking case, you should seek legal counsel immediately. An attonrey may be able to minimize the legal ramifications and direct the prosecution towards a more favorable resolution. In Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, CVG or federal court in Eastern District of Kentucky, contact Michael W. Bouldin for a consultation. Call or email at [email protected] or 859-581-6453.

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