SDLP Assembly candidate, Gerry Mullan claims that postmen in the area are delivering illegal drugs that have been purchased on the internet.
Mullan, who hopes to replace John Dallat in the new Assembly, said that he has spoken with local postmen who claim that they regularly deliver good to the same addresses.
He says that the staff say that the packages are easily identifiable and frequently smell of cannabis.
He told The Times: “The whole issue of illegal drugs is one which has destroyed young lives in East Derry andacross the North for many years.
“Despite high profile seizures by the PSNI, there is increasing concern that illegal drugs are freely available and distributed by well-known drug dealers.
“According to reliable information shared with me by postmen, a sizeable quantity of cannabis, and other drugs, is now obtained using the internet and despatched using ‘Special Delivery’ by Royal Mail.”
The politician, who is a Causeway Coast and Glens councillor is not pointing the finger at local postmen, he says: “ I have the greatest admiration for those who deliver our post.
“I cannot dismiss what they have told me, and for that reason if elected to the new Assembly I will be seeking an urgent meeting with Royal Mail officials.
“This will satisfy myself that packages are being screened and subjected to the same scrutiny that exists at airports and other entry points.”
We contacted Royal Mail, in a statement they said: “Royal Mail does not knowingly carry any illegal items in its network.
“Where Royal Mail has any suspicion that illegal items are being sent through our system, we always work closely with the police and other authorities to assist their investigations and to prevent such activities from happening.
“For obvious reasons, we are not able to give any further details about our security measures as this would compromise our operations.”