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Posted on Thu, Feb 24, 2011 : 2 p.m.

U.S. Postal inspectors searching home in west Ann Arbor

By Lee Higgins


Postal Service inspectors carry items out of a house after a raid at 819 Daniels St. in Ann Arbor on Thursday.

Melanie Maxwell |

U.S. Postal Inspection Service agents executed a federal search warrant this afternoon at a home at 819 Daniel Street in Ann Arbor.

At least six agents were at the home, a number of whom could be seen carrying boxes out.

U.S. Postal Inspector Wylie Christopher, who was at the raid, said he could not comment on what was seized because of an ongoing investigation. No arrests were made.

Jerry Thornton, 75, who has lived in the neighborhood for 30 years, said three unmarked vehicles pulled up at about 12:45 p.m. when the agents got out and ran up the front porch.

It's unclear whether anyone was inside. Thornton said two young men have lived in the rental home for several months, but their cars were not in the driveway.

"It's all very exciting," he said. 

Lee Higgins covers crime and courts for He can be reached by phone at (734) 623-2527 and email at



Thu, Dec 1, 2011 : 7:19 p.m.

Google shows a man owning and running a computer software company from that address.


Fri, Feb 25, 2011 : 3:42 p.m.

Could be a case of stealing mail or packages. This is an increasing crime these days, as criminals steal from unlocked mailboxes on houses looking for credit card statements, bank statements, etc., in order to steal identities.

Bob Bethune

Fri, Feb 25, 2011 : 1:25 p.m.

So, those are priority mail boxes, right? And it's illegal to use a priority mail box for anything except priority mail, and you can only use the box once for that, right? So who's going to go after these postal inspectors for using priority mail boxes to hold evidence? Oh, that's right! The postal inspectors! Hmmm.... infinite regression? Totally agree with the comments on th non-reporting going on here.


Fri, Feb 25, 2011 : 11:50 a.m.

Rocky and Bullwinkle hadn't realized that when the term "if it fits it ships" that stamps were need on the boxes too, so the Post Office confiscated their stash!

Somewhat Concerned

Fri, Feb 25, 2011 : 1:29 a.m.

Oddly enough, the postal inspection service has a pretty good record of tracking down people who misuse the mail. Other than direct mailers.


Fri, Feb 25, 2011 : 3:44 a.m.

also, other than "mail carriers"

Party Animal

Thu, Feb 24, 2011 : 11:43 p.m.

Postal inspectors confiscate bongs?

Atticus F.

Thu, Feb 24, 2011 : 10:16 p.m.

Postal inspectors carry guns?


Fri, Feb 25, 2011 : 12:32 a.m.

It is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the country.


Thu, Feb 24, 2011 : 9:54 p.m.

I would say, interesting rather that exciting. Perhaps Mr. Thornton can help with the investigation. Don't ever mess with the US Postal service, UPS, or Fed-EX. This is FEDERAL !! Not a chance that these guys are going to the Washtenaw County Jail when they get caught. I have a feeling these guys work for the post office. Also feel this investigation has been going on for some time. Waiting for this case to be cracked wide open. Good Luck!!


Thu, Feb 24, 2011 : 9:51 p.m.

Yeah. That's definitely a bong in the guy's right hand. SHOCKING.

peg dash fab

Thu, Feb 24, 2011 : 10:38 p.m.

how do you know, hmmmmmmmm?

Jake C

Thu, Feb 24, 2011 : 9:41 p.m.

Agent carrying out a large glass bong and a ziploc bag full of an unidentified green substance. Hmm. I realize speculation is frowned upon in the comments section, so I'll let the general public think about what might have been allegedly transported in these large USPS boxes.


Thu, Feb 24, 2011 : 9:32 p.m.

Nothing like reporting that something is going on but we don't know a thing about it. Try and gather more information next time like real reporters. Saw a police car with it's red flashing lights today. Should have made front page headline news.

Steve Borgsdorf

Thu, Feb 24, 2011 : 9:17 p.m.

Looks like the agent is holding a glass bong in his right hand, no?


Fri, Feb 25, 2011 : 2:59 a.m.

Good eye Steve, either a bong or maybe a fancy bird feeder ! Why would a postal inspector be bringing out drug items ? Wouldn't the police be involved but wait, they are carrying guns as well. Guess there may have been some illegal stuff in those boxes when they were inbound into that residence ?


Thu, Feb 24, 2011 : 9:35 p.m.

Good eye. annarbor. com was only admiring how the color of the latex gloves matched the shirt and completed the outfit.

Kent Jocque

Thu, Feb 24, 2011 : 9:22 p.m.

I magnified the page and it certainly looks like a bong.

John of Saline

Thu, Feb 24, 2011 : 8:46 p.m.

Don't mess with the postal service.

Craig Lounsbury

Thu, Feb 24, 2011 : 8:32 p.m.

The check was in the mail, I swear it was. You should have gotten it by now.


Thu, Feb 24, 2011 : 8:45 p.m.

Oh! no the mail man for got too mail it for me..........


Thu, Feb 24, 2011 : 8:11 p.m.

"It's all very exciting," he said. Haha! I'd make a similar statement, probably. I wonder what they're looking for. Horded mail?


Thu, Feb 24, 2011 : 9:57 p.m.

By hoarded, I meant "stolen." Of course nobody would be raided for hoarding their own mail. Sorry for the confusion.


Thu, Feb 24, 2011 : 9:32 p.m.

Maybe it was Newman from the Seinfeld show.


Thu, Feb 24, 2011 : 8:57 p.m.

Or stolen mail? I guess it's possible that either or both of them worked for the USPS... but if not, I'm not sure how they could hoard anything.