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Canada Canada’s police chiefs want to seize mail to stem the flow of illicit drugs and weapons

Canada Post letter carrier Debbie Gibson puts mail in a new Canada Post super box in Calgary, Alberta, October 20, 2014. Residents of London, Ont., upset with the end of door-to-door delivery, have started planting small flower beds on the concrete pads that will eventually house the mailboxes.

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Canada's police chiefs want legal authority to seize mail in transit to stem the flow of illicit drugs, fake medicine and weapons through the postal system.

In a recently passed resolution, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police say contraband is being sent through the mail "with impunity" because the law forbids officers from swooping in until a parcel arrives at its destination.

The resolution calls on the government to amend the legislation governing Canada Post to give police the ability to obtain a judge's approval to "seize, detain or retain parcels or letters" in the mail stream.

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A November 2012 report the R-C-M-P prepared for the chiefs' organized crime committee revealed that firearms, grenades, a rocket launcher, stun guns, dangerous chemicals and drugs including cocaine, heroin and marijuana were sent through the mail.

The report noted counterfeit items -- from fake Olympic hockey sweaters to bogus passports -- were also being shipped into Canada via the post office.

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