262,000 suspicious mail items in 2021.   6,300 threats  —  are you prepared?

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In January 2022, the total number of mail security threats dropped from December but continued increasing government targeting.

The reason for these attacks spanned everything from racism to frustration with mandatory vaccinations to the insurgency.

The remainder of the monthly threats were dominated by letters and drugs, and the apparent smuggling numbers also rose.

With many organizations that planned to implement immunization mandates delaying firing or laying off until later in the year, there has been a lull in threats tied to COVID. 

Several IEDs detonated this month, killing seven and wounding eight utilizing parcel devices that directly targeted high-profile or government individuals. Many of these events were “last mile” style delivery where the perpetrator placed the device at the target location and made it appear as if it was delivered through the normal mailstream.

Churches saw increased hate mail utilizing “last-mile delivery,” leading to the offender’s identification due to cameras and security measures.

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United States Mail Security Incidents

DRUGS BOTH IN NUMBERS AND TYPES HIGHLIGHTED THE NUMBERS THIS MONTH.

Courts and correction facilities are seeing a significant surge in the mail that has been dipped in drugs and disguised as “legal mail.” Substances such as K2, liquid THC, and other narcotics are infused into paper is an effective way to hide and deliver the drugs. It is an effective method because the paper is cut up into small strips and smoked once inside the facility. Overdoses are commonplace and often lead to family members filing lawsuits against the state.

A prisoner’s constitutional right to defend themselves is being used as a tactic to smuggle and is causing a significant amount of frustration within the correctional community. The screening of legal mail is challenging because, depending upon the state, prosecution tendencies, and legal ramifications many of the normal options are removed from the capabilities of the staff. FedEx reported several shipments where people tried to use the company to ship illegal items [into correctional facilities]. Private carriers often turn over illegal drug shipments to authorities.

Jan 27, 2022 — Oriskany, NY

For the first time ever, Narcan had to be used on two corrections officers at the Oneida County jail Thursday, after they were exposed to fentanyl in the mailroom. Sheriff Robert Maciol says the offices were exposed to the substance when they opened a suspicious piece of mail that was sent to an inmate. The piece of mail was made to look like it was from an attorney.

Both officers became physically ill from the exposure and had to be sent to the hospital, but have since been discharged.The Utica Fire Department hazmat team was called to decontaminate the mail room. The sheriff’s department is investigating where the piece of mail came from and who sent it.

“We are aggressively working on where the mail came from. When we found the person it came from they will be charged. I certainly don’t know for sure what the charge will be but I assure you it will be a significant charge. This is a substance people can die from,” says Sheriff Maciol.

Jan 29, 2022 — Modesto, CA

A man who is charged with shooting a Modesto police officer in August was arrested Thursday alongside his girlfriend after the two allegedly conspired to bring drugs into the Stanislaus County jail, police said.

Jesse Collins James Brooks, who was 42 at the time of his August arrest, and Melody Ann Farr, 41, of Hayward allegedly conspired to bring a liquid form of methamphetamine into the jail, according to a release from the Modesto Police Department.

Police believe Farr sent four meth-laced letters to at least three inmates during the course of a three-month investigation. All letters were intercepted, police said.

Jan 20, 2022 — Bismarck, ND

A Williston man has been arrested by Northwest Narcotics Task Force officers after they say he was receiving packages of fentanyl through the mail.

Officers say a tip from FedEx Express regarding a suspicious package led them to arresting 28-year-old Michael Perrault on Thursday. On a search warrant, officers found a package for Perrault containing Starburst candy packages filled with around 100 blue pills. They believe the pills to be fentanyl.

FedEx staff say Perrault was extremely agitated when he was told his package was unable to be delivered at the time. He later picked up the package from officers, who detained him. Perrault is charged with possession with the intent to deliver fentanyl.

Jan 20, 2022 — Bismarck, ND

A Williston man has been arrested by Northwest Narcotics Task Force officers after they say he was receiving packages of fentanyl through the mail.

Officers say a tip from FedEx Express regarding a suspicious package led them to arresting 28-year-old Michael Perrault on Thursday. On a search warrant, officers found a package for Perrault containing Starburst candy packages filled with around 100 blue pills. They believe the pills to be fentanyl.

FedEx staff say Perrault was extremely agitated when he was told his package was unable to be delivered at the time. He later picked up the package from officers, who detained him. Perrault is charged with possession with the intent to deliver fentanyl.

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International Mail Security Incidents

PARCEL IEDS TARGETING GOVERNMENT AND HIGH-PROFILE INDIVIDUALS HIGHLIGHT THE USE OF MAIL AND LAST-MILE THREATS TO DESTABILIZE GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS.

Over the last four months, Myanmar and India have seen an increase in mail bombings and, with that, a significant amount of damage to property and loss of life.

Several white powder events shut down operations in Royal Mail facilities, causing evacuations and sending employees to the hospital. Regardless of the validity and if there were an actual hazard present, responses to these incidents must act as if the threat is real until proven otherwise.

Drug smuggling, primarily marijuana and cocaine, was common and most of the individuals involved were identified and charged generally because of a chain of custody.

Jan 4, 2022 — Myanmar

A charity doctor was killed along with two bystanders when a parcel bomb exploded near his home in Kyaukse late last week, according to residents of the town in Mandalay Region.

Dr. Hline Zaw Nyunt, 45, was examining the package when it was detonated at around 3 pm on Friday, a local source told Myanmar Now on condition of anonymity.

“The doctor saw a suspicious package near his house. It went off when he went to check it,” the source said, adding that two bystanders were killed instantly, while the doctor died on his way to the hospital.

Jan 5, 2022 — Sweden

A Swedish politician of Turkish origin has said that he received a racist hate letter.

Mikail Yuksel, chairman of the Nyans Party, told Anadolu Agency that the letter contained pejorative remarks and read: “Go back to your country.”

Underlining that he had been the target of racists and opponents of Turkiye for a long time, Yuksel said this was because his politics, “especially against terrorist organizations and Islamophobia, bothers many people.”

Jan 6, 2022 — Italy

One of Italy’s premier immunology experts on coronavirus has been given police protection after she was sent a bullet inside a letter threatening her and her family. Prof Antonella Viola was apparently targeted because of her public backing for children to be vaccinated.

Public figures have come under increased threat in several European countries this week. A number of French MPs were threatened as they debated a vaccine pass law. And on Wednesday night, the home of Dutch political leader Sigrid Kaag was attacked by a conspiracy theorist waving a flaming torch and live-streaming it on Facebook.

Jan 13, 2022 — United Kingdom

A dopey cannabis supplier was easily sniffed out after trying to post a large amount of the smelly drug to his friend – and putting his mum’s address on the package in case it had to be returned. Post Office staff were in no doubt what the package contained due to the pungent smell emanating from it.

Police were contacted and as well as having his image on CCTV, the return address he’d put on it was his mum’s home.

There were 757g, or 27 ounces, of cannabis, in it and police went on to find another 812g of it at his home and also at his mum’s. Mann, who claimed the bulk of it was for personal use, visited the Post Office in South Gosforth, Newcastle, on January 6 2020.

Neil Pallister, prosecuting, told Newcastle Crown Court: “Police got a phone call from staff saying a man had delivered a suspicious package for posting and it smelled of cannabis. “Police attended and it was quite clear the package left by the defendant contained two large bags of cannabis.”

Jan 16, 2022 — Slovenia

Ljubljana, 16 January – A number of high-profile politicians, most of them from the ruling Democratic Party (SDS), have received threatening letters, including Finance Minister Andrej Šircelj, media have reported. Some of them have already reported the incident to the police.

Jan 26, 2021 — United Kingdom

A number of Muslim MPs who have been targeted by white extremist groups have their post subjected to additional security checks to prevent deadly substances such as anthrax making it into their House of Commons offices, I can reveal.

Following threats received from extremists, some Muslim MPs are now having their post check by Parliamentary security before it is delivered. Labour’s Rupa Huq was one MP to have received a package “doused in a mystery liquid” from racists. A member of her office staff was admitted to hospital for checks after handling the parcel.

“All my post is now screened offsite and the envelopes shaken for anthrax,” said Dr. Huq. “This makes post slow to reach me and even every Christmas card had an edge missing becoming triangular shaped.”

A Parliamentary spokeswoman said: “The safety and security of all MPs and those who work in Parliament is our top priority, however we cannot comment on specific security matters.”

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