CBP Narcotics Seizures Up 45% in 2010

BROWNSVILLE–U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in South Texas seized a large amount of narcotics, currency, false documents and numerous immigration and agricultural violations during fiscal year 2010.

CBP officers at eight ports of entry extending from Brownsville to Del Rio found  154,313 pounds of narcotics that carried a street value of $407 million. This is a 45 percent increase over the total amount of narcotics seized last year.

They seized 146,934 pounds of marijuana, 6,075 pounds of cocaine, 758 pounds of methamphetamine, 546 pounds of heroin, $13.6 million in undeclared currency, 111 firearms and 64,040 rounds of ammunition.Weapons seizures are up significantly over the 85 firearms and 22,399 bullets seized last year.

They made those interceptions while processing 2.4 million commercial trucks, 21.3 million privately-owned vehicles, 59.5 million passengers and pedestrians and 74,540 commercial buses at the ports over the same period.

South Texas CBP officers determined 24,625 non-U.S. citizens were inadmissible to the U.S. due to violations of immigration law. CBP officers and agriculture specialists intercepted a total of 19,154 pests.  They also made 34,331 interceptions of quarantined animal materials. CBP in South Texas also tallied 131,375 interceptions of quarantined plant materials..

“I applaud the consistent and robust enforcement activity realized by our frontline CBP officers and agriculture specialists during Fiscal Year 2010,” said Gene Garza, Acting Director, Field Operations, Laredo Field Office. “The 45 percent increase in total narcotics seized illustrates the substantial drug threat we face. Our CBP officers working together with Border Patrol agents and ICE-HSI special agents in enhanced outbound inspections also led to significant weapons and currency interceptions.”

–South Texas Tribune, southtexastribune@gmail.com

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