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.
Under a new Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department program, private citizens and business owners can register to share surveillance camera footage to help solve crimes.
(AP) -- Police in Ceres say a body was found inside a freezer at an abandoned auto shop.
Authorities have released the identities of the two people who died in a fatal crash Wednesday that was part of a chase involving law enforcement in the Sacramento area.
Under a bill in the California legislature, human trafficking would be classified as a gang-related offense and subject to stiffer sentencing.
(AP) -- International criminal enterprises follow the money, and a new report says they are increasingly focusing on California because of its wealth and innovation.