Neither Snow, Nor Rain….

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Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. That's a quote from Herodotus that is carved into the face of the New York City Post Office. It's the motto the US Postal Service has lived by since its inception. Unfortunately, once in a while the snow does stop a postman.

The "snow" in question being cocaine.

Salvador Gonzalez, 33, of Dallas, faces charges of possession of a controlled substance. Authorities said he may face federal charges for the unopened mail pending an investigation by the Postal Service Office of Inspector General.

A deputy constable stopped Gonzalez on Wednesday morning in Dallas' Oak Cliff neighborhood and saw the items stuffed in duffel bags and scattered inside the vehicle.

"He had tons of mail, like old Christmas cards, all kinds of mail he had opened up," said Dallas police Chief Deputy John L. Garrett with the Precinct 1 constable's office. "He had eight or nine credit cards in his possession with different names on them. We assume he had taken them out of the mail."

We here in the US make a lot of jokes about the Postal Service, but the fact is that things like this make news because they are so rare. We have come to expect the USPS to be there when we need it and we expect them to deliver promptly. Generally speaking, the fact that the USPS does do exactly what we expect, means we take it for granted. Well, here's a link to the Smithsonian Institution's National Postal Museum. Go see about what we take for granted.

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