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Investigations by Postal Inspectors

Postal Inspectors preserve the integrity of the U.S. Mail® and the postal system from criminal misuse.

Although the postal inspectors with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service keep a low profile, inspectors carry a badge, handcuffs and a gun. As federal law enforcement officers, Postal Inspectors are authorized to make arrests, serve subpoenas, and execute federal search warrants.

Within the federal law enforcement community, postal inspectors are part of the so-called “silent service” since they play a behind-the-scenes role in many federal investigations.

Today, the agency has more than 1,200 Postal Inspectors tasked with enforcing more than 200 federal laws.

Attorneys for Investigations by U.S. Postal Inspectors in Florida

The attorneys at Sammis Law Firm represent clients being investigated for crimes involving the mail or a U.S. Post Office. Many of our cases involve investigations of suspicious mail including drugs, firearms, or large amounts of U.S. Currency.

Postal Inspectors present the facts gathered during their investigations to the prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. We are familiar with the tactics used by postal inspectors and other postal inspection service employees including the Office of Investigations Special Agents.

We understand the way the Postal Inspection Service conducts examinations on questioned documents, uses digital evidence, analyzes latent fingerprints, and other physical evidence.

For these investigations, you need an attorney focused on protecting your rights at every stage. Call 813-250-0500.

Types of Criminal Investigations Involving the U.S. Postal Inspection Service

Criminal investigations by the postal inspector can include a wide range of criminal accusations including:

  • mail-theft investigation;
  • investigations of dangerous and prohibited mails;
  • sending contraband through the mail (drugs or firearms);
  • through-the-mail drug deals;
  • narcotics investigations;
  • mail fraud schemes;
  • extortions;
  • financial fraud;
  • identity theft and forgery crimes;
  • cybercrime;
  • healthcare provider and claimant fraud;
  • crimes against post offices and their employees
  • robberies and burglaries of postal facilities;
  • assaults and threats on postal employees;
  • complaints of theft and misconduct by postal employees
  • child pornography; and
  • mailing bombs or other explosives.

History of the U.S. Postal Inspectors

Historically, postal inspectors are part of the oldest law enforcement agency that dates back to Ben Franklin, the first appointed postal auditor in the 1700s. Today, the postal inspector’s office has more than 1,200 agents.

Funding for postal inspectors comes entirely from the sale of stamps and mail services, including the funds needed to send inspectors to the training academy or regional crime laboratories.

This article was last updated on Friday, May 8, 2020.

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