October saw the shift of threats move away from more generic threats to ones that occur less often but carry heavier casualties and legal penalties. Drugs in the mail continue moving up in frequency and this month has increased in size as well.
An incident with 10lbs of methamphetamines sent through a legitimate shipper and an obvious suspect is a bit telling. Drug dealers are having to lean heavier on external or “new” suppliers as normal logistical lines are stressed. Raw drugs are being found closer to the end-user meaning there is an increase in the possible variations of what screeners need to look for.
On top of COVID’s fundamental shift in the daily logistics, current societal frustrations are driving mail threats and current trend appear to continuing into the next year.