Sugar Land post office says not us, customer suspicious
By Elsa Maxey
An over 20 year Sugar Land resident says he feels he lives in a community where “you have someone stealing drugs out of a government office.”
The bigger issue “is that a ‘trusted’ community federal office is turning a blind eye to Schedule II narcotics diversion.”
Jan R. Prusinski is an executive director of a private cement industry company. He gets a Schedule II package from a mail order drug pharmacy because it is less expensive than getting it at a local pharmacy.
Just the other day, he had a notice from the First Colony Post Office on Grants Lake for a pick-up requiring his signature for his prescription medication. When he went to pick it up, he said the postal worker “looked for about 20 minutes and could not find it.”
The same day, the package was located and Prusinski was told it was found in an unusual place. He signed for it, took it home, opened it and noticed that one of three prescription bottles was emptied, and even had the foil on top ripped open. He also noticed the delivery envelope had a razor slit, suspects that one of three plastic bottles was taken out, the pills removed and then it was slipped back in. Given that his package originally could not be found at the post office, this raised his suspicions.
“I’ve received this medication in the same way for several years and never had a problem,” said Prusinski.
He went back to the post office to speak to the station manager. Another post office employee returned and told him the station manager was tied up, he said. After an explanation about the slit on the envelope and missing drugs, that postal worker told Prusinski that he was the one that found the envelope and there was no slit on it.
Prusinski said a customer overheard him and said she, too, recently had received a drug mail order herself missing drugs just like his. He said she also told him this was taken up with the pharmacy, assuming it was their mistake. Prusinski found this to be coincidental and telling of what could be in need of investigation.
“My mail order pharmacy was very concerned about this situation and said that they had to keep track of every pill they send that is a controlled substance.” Schedule II narcotics are reported to have a high potential for abuse.
After he met with First Colony Post Office Station Manager Diana Peters, “she did not remotely open the possibility that there could be a problem with one of her employees.” Prusinski said Peters told him, “you signed for it, and two people inspected the package, with no tampering.” He was told to call the postal inspector and report it. He also called the Sugar Land Police and was told it was a postal matter out of their hands.
Prusinski maintains the post office was dismissive about the situation. “What I cannot understand is if this possibility exists, and is brought to the attention of post office manager, that she not only ignore(s)/cover(s) up the situation, she also indirectly accuses the customer of lying.”
Peters, the First Colony Post Office manager, said she recalls the situation. “He talked to me on phone,” she said also mentioning that the drug mail order had been placed on the wrong shelf and she said she told Prusinski about that. “I called him, had the package in my hand and it had no holes,” said Peters.
“There was nothing wrong with it (the package),” she said noting that Prusinski signed for it, left the building, and went home. “He had already accepted it. I saw it, the clerk and supervisor saw it,” and because of his claim, Peters said she told him to file a postal complaint.
“He showed me where the hole was and everything he is saying is not true,” said Peters.”I haven’ had any issues that something is missing, issues where a package is placed on the wrong shelf and relocated, but as far as opened packages since I’ve been here, no.” Peters has worked as the First Colony Office Manager for three years.
Prusinski says the attitude at the First Colony post office is bureaucratic and not customer friendly. Although he said he uses that post office regularly, he prefers the one in old Sugar Land on Matladge.