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.
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.