On November 28th,media reported that four UPS courier employees had recently been arrested as part of a long-running investigation into the use of logistics systems by anti-crime groups. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, UPS Express is a world-renowned courier carrier and parcel delivery company.
Originaltitle: Four UPS employees were arrested by U.S. law enforcement for using their own courier system to deliver poison
U.S. media, citing law enforcement investigations, said 11 people, including the upright employees, had been arrested in the past two weeks and would face charges of drug trafficking and money laundering. The whole investigation has been going on for two years. According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, there is evidence that drug cartels are using UPS employees to transport drugs to the eastern United States and bring cash back to the Tucson, Arizona, region.
A UPS spokesman said the company was concerned about the employee’s arrest and was cooperating with law enforcement, but declined to comment further.
“We are not in a weable case at this time and we are not in a weable case,” the spokesman said. “
U.S. media learned from the police that UPS drivers and supervisors would use their knowledge of the company to bypass internal checks and police interceptions of contraband. In the latest raid, law enforcement seized 5,000 e-cigarettes containing tetrahydrocannabinol, as well as narcotics and equipment used to manufacture illicit drugs.
The Washington Post has previously reported some arrests, saying criminal groups use UPS systems every week to transport thousands of pounds of marijuana and narcotics. In addition to UPS, FedEx, another well-known U.S. courier service, has also been used by drug cartels.
But both companies said they were cooperating with law enforcement. UPS told U.S. media that it had a security investigation system inside the company, but declined to give details. FedEx says it ships millions of packages a day and doesn’t have the ability to regulate each package.