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.
New details about suspected human trafficking at a large marijuana grow operation were released Tuesday by the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office.
A Woodland woman whose infant son was found dead near the Sacramento River in 2015 has been convicted of murder.
The Yuba County Sheriff's Department says it has solved the 1973 shotgun deaths of two middle-school-age girls. Two men have been arrested.
Sacramento Kings Guard Darren Collison has pleaded guilty to a domestic battery charge in Placer County. Collison was arrested in May at his Granite Bay home after his wife filed a complaint about being assaulted.
The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department says a check of 70 registered sex offenders last week yielded 29 arrests. The offenders were taken into custody for parole or probation violations and other offenses.