BELLINGHAM, Wash. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s, Air and Marine Operations, Bellingham Air and Marine Branch made numerous seizures of narcotics, weapons and currency in fiscal year 2020.
Throughout the fiscal year, which began Oct. 1, 2019, and ended Sept 30, 2020, Bellingham Air and Marine Branch seized nearly 10,000 pounds of marijuana, 363 pounds of methamphetamine, more than 50 pounds of cocaine, 30 pounds of fentanyl and 6 pounds of heroin.
In addition to the narcotics seizures, the branch seized $770,325 in currency, 30 weapons, one aircraft 13 vehicles and arrested 37 people.
The Bellingham Air and Marine Branch also took part in a number of missions in support of its local, state and federal law enforcement partners. In that regard the branch is off to a running start in FY 2021, having already provided aerial coverage to the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office during the apprehension of a murder suspect as well as in the apprehensions of a fugitive who escaped from a work crew and a suspect in the robberies of two marijuana retail centers.
“The success of the Bellingham Air and Marine Branch over the past fiscal year is a testament to Air and Marine Operation’s dedication to securing the homeland and protecting our communities from all threats,” said Jeremy Thompson, Director, Air and Marine Operations, Bellingham Air and Marine Branch. “The Bellingham Air and Marine Branch remains steadfast in its mission to secure the border both in the air and within the maritime environment.”
For national-level numbers visit: https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/national-media-release/air-and-marine-operations-seizes-massive-amounts-cash-guns-and-drugs
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.