FedEx, UPS probed on illegal shipments of prescription painkillers - Fox The U.S. is targeting America's two biggest shipping companies, FedEx Inc. and United Parcel Service Inc., as part of an expanding crackdown against illegal sales of prescription painkillers. The government's investigation "has now become absurd and deeply disturbing," said Patrick Fitzgerald, FedEx's vice president for corporate communications. He said the government wanted to "deputize" FedEx delivery people to help "catch criminals." UPS, by contrast, has disclosed that it is in talks with the Justice Department about settling the case. In filings this month with the Securities and Exchange Commission, UPS said it was cooperating with a DEA investigation involving the "transportation of packages on behalf of online pharmacies that may have operated illegally."