Abortion Medication Seizure (U.S. Postal Inspection Service)

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


2019-172, EOUSA 2019-003560


Multi Request Abortion Medication Seizure


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 contraband. 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.

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,
Please see the attached acknowledgement Letter to your Request.
Melissa Figueroa
FOIA Analyst

From: U.S. Postal Inspection Service

Good morning Ms. Bertash,

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.

Kietta T. Lockerman
FOIA Analyst
Office of Counsel/FOIA

From: U.S. Postal Inspection Service

Dear Requestor,
The attached records are being provided by the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI), in response to your original request that went to the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), and logged under Food and Drug Administration (FDA) FOIA number 2019-5577, regarding:


Your request is granted in part.

After a thorough review of the responsive records, we have 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. § 552, as amended and delineated below:

* Exemption (b)(6) permits the withholding of information which, if released, would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. In this case, it was determined that there is no countervailing public interest qualifying under the standard set forth, under exemption (b)(6), to release the personal identifying information of certain third parties.

* Exemption (b)(7) protects from disclosure "records or information compiled for law enforcement purposes, but only to the extent that the production of such law enforcement records or information (A) could reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings, (B) would deprive a person of a right to a fair trial or an impartial adjudication, (C) could reasonably be expected to constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy, (D) could reasonably be expected to disclose the identity of a confidential source, including a State, local, or foreign agency or authority or any private institution which furnished information on a confidential basis, and, in the case of a record or information compiled by a criminal law enforcement authority in the course of a criminal investigation, or by an agency conducting a lawful national security intelligence investigation, information furnished by a confidential source, (E) would disclose techniques and procedures for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions, or would disclose guidelines for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions if such disclosure could reasonably be expected to risk circumvention of the law, or (F) could reasonably be expected to endanger the life or physical safety of any individual.

As stated above, this is OCIs portion of the USPIS request; USPIS will also be responding to you directly. OCI considers your request closed. If you have any questions about this response, you may contact Fran Seiner at 301-821-2089.

You have the right to appeal this determination. By filing an appeal, you preserve your rights under FOIA and give the agency a chance to review and reconsider your request and the agency's decision. Your appeal must be mailed within 90 days from the date of this response to:

Agency Chief FOIA Officer
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs
Room 729H
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, DC 20201
Email: FOIARequest@PSC.hhs.gov<mailto:FOIARequest@PSC.hhs.gov>

Please clearly mark both the envelope and your letter or email "FDA Freedom of Information Act Appeal."

If you would like to discuss our response before filing an appeal to attempt to resolve your dispute without going through the appeals process, please contact Fran Seiner. You may also contact the FDA Public Liaison for assistance at:

Office of the Executive Secretariat

U.S. Food & Drug Administration

5630 Fishers Lane

Room 1050

Rockville, MD 20857

Email: FDAFOIA@fda.hhs.gov<mailto:FDAFOIA@fda.hhs.gov>

If you are unable to resolve your FOIA dispute through our FOIA Public Liaison, the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), Federal FOIA Ombudsman's office, offers mediation services to help resolve disputes between FOIA requesters and Federal agencies. The contact information for OGIS is as follows:

Office of Government Information Services
National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road - OGIS
College Park, MD 20740-6001
Phone: 202-741-5770
Toll-Free: 877-684-6448
Email: ogis@nara.gov<mailto:ogis@nara.gov>

Please do not submit payment, this is for tracking purposes only.

Search = $11.50; Review = $34.50: Total = $46.00


Frances M. Seiner
OCI, FOIA Officer

From: U.S. Postal Inspection Service

Ms. Bertash -

The attached is in response to your FOIA request.

INTERPOL Washington FOIA Service Center
U.S. Department of Justice
Washington, D.C. 20530

From: U.S. Postal Inspection Service

Ms. Bertash -

INTERPOL Washington responded to your FOIA request on June 26, 2019. Another copy of our response letter is attached hereto.

INTERPOL Washington FOIA Service Center
U.S. Department of Justice
Washington, D.C. 20530

From: U.S. Postal Inspection Service

Ms. Bertash:
Please find attached the Department’s final response to the above-captioned FOIA request—received on June 26, 2019.
Thank you,

From: U.S. Postal Inspection Service

EOUSA-2019-003560 has been processed with the following final disposition: Full Denial Based on Exemptions.