Abortion Medication Seizure

Kate Bertash filed this request with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

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From: Kate Bertash

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

All records and documents and police reports, and any tips or reports via the USPIS website and phone hotline, referencing or pertaining abortion medication pills sent via the US Postal Service, which may be referred to in any responsive documents as Mifepristone, Misoprostol, RU-486, Cytotec, Misodel or other terms.

Please include any documents or reports that reference abortion medication in reports on seizure of prescription medication or other pharmaceuticals contraband, making effort to segregate those records that meet exception from those that do not, such as: cases for which have already resulted in a felony conviction, as those records are already functionally public.

If available, please also include the number of packages containing abortion medication that have been stopped for their contents, for the 10 most recent years for which this data may be available. If this type of report is not available at this level of substance-specific granularity, I request instead access to reports that detail the numbers of packages containing pharmaceuticals that have been stopped for their contents. Thank you for your help in ensuring the public has access to information, so that they can know whether the USPIS is meeting its statutory duties in this matter.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Kate Bertash

From: U.S. Postal Inspection Service

Good afternoon Ms. Bertash.

Regarding your new request, we are not clear on what it is you are asking. On June 19, 2019, RE:FOIA No. 2019-PIS-00273, you were given 208 pages of record material deemed releasable. The request that you have submitted today is similar to the one before. What specifically are you requesting that you did not receive and believe can be released to you.

Thank you,

Melissa Brantley
FOIA Analyst
Office of Counsel/FOIA

From: Kate Bertash

Dear Ms. Brantley,

In response to my earlier request, I only received 10 pages of documents, all of them copied from the FDA. If there are more pages available, I respectfully request for them to be sent to me in response to this letter. The items I did receive in response to my prior request included:

- FDA Memorandum of Interview - Marc Snyder dated 9/14/2016
- FDA Forensic Status Report OCI Case # 210-PHP-715-0519 Dated 7/19/2011

I also received a response last June from FOIA Analyst Kietta T Lockerman in response to my prior USPIS request stating "A response to your request was sent out on yesterday. I attempted to send it via email, but unfortunately because the file was so large I was unable to send it electronically. If you have any other concerns please feel free to contact me."

I had also received a response dated 6/25/19 from USPIS stating that your office had "determined that portions of the documents are exempt from disclosure under FOIA exemptions (b)(6) and (b)(7) of the FOIA 5 U.S.C. ยง 552," which was my reason for assuming that anything beyond the 10 pages I received were being withheld due to these exceptions.

If there are 208 pages of documents cleared for release for my request directly from USPIS, I have not yet received them. Is it possible for you to forward these documents to me? Thanks for any assistance you can provide.

Best wishes,
Kate Bertash

From: U.S. Postal Inspection Service

Good afternoon Ms. Bertash,

Attached you will find the final response letter and responsive records that was sent to you in June of 2019.

In response to the FDA records, I did not send you any records concerning the FDA because they are not in our (USPIS) jurisdiction.

Please feel free to contact our office if you have any further questions or concerns.

Kietta T. Lockerman
FOIA Analyst
Office of Counsel/FOIA