Last year, U.S. Postal Service inspectors from around the country came to the Central Valley to help local police investigate an upswing in mail theft. Investigators say mail theft and drug abuse usually go hand-in-hand.
“I used to have a saying that I think still holds true that ‘where there’s meth, there’s mail,” says Greg Campbell with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. “There is a correlation between those who are on substance abuse and going out to do things to accommodate their habit.”
So far, “Operation Broken Mailbox” has netted more than 20 arrests and nine federal prison sentences. Law enforcement officials say local victims have lost about $400,000 over the last year because of identity theft, stolen checks and stolen mail-order prescription drugs.
Officials say the increased postal service investigations will continue for now.
A rising number of homicides in Stockton is a cause for concern for police. So far this year, 17 people have been murdered. Last year at this time, there had been nine killings.
(AP) - Northern California authorities say a 31-year-old man is dead following an altercation at a heavily attended music festival.
Police are investigating the shooting of a vocational school student on Fruitridge near the bus station at 79th Street.
Police say the death of a woman found in the American River this morning near Sacramento State is being treated as a homicide.
(AP) — The California state Senate is rejecting a bill that would end a practice of extending jail and prison sentences for repeat drug offenders.