(CNSNews.com) - "The postal service -- the mails -- are being used to facilitate drug dealing," Attorney General Eric Holder told the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday.
"And we need to work with the Postal Service to come up with ways in which we get at that problem. It is shocking to see the amount of drugs that get pumped into communities all around this country through our mail system.
"And we have to deal with it -- that's a major problem we have to deal with."
Holder was responding to Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who told the committee that the only way to get heroin and other drugs into Alaska's very remote communities "is through the mails."
"Through the post office?" Committee Chair Barbara Mikulsi (D-Md.) interjected.
"Through the United States Post Office, Madam Chairwoman," Murkowski confirmed.
Murkowski said the drugs are "in some cases are wiping out families."
Holder told Murkowski that she'd raised an issue "that I really think we need to focus on."
He said he'd had "the same reaction that the chair did when I first heard about this."
Holder was testifying about the Justice Department's Fiscal Year 2015 budget request.