CBP Announces Fiscal Year 2014 Achievements for Southern California Ports of Entry
SAN DIEGO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers conducting security operations at California's ports of entry with Mexico performed more than 68 million inspections of travelers, seized more than 76 tons of illegal narcotics and apprehended more than 33,000 immigration violators during federal fiscal year 2014.
CBP's field office in San Diego manages the work of more than 2,000 front-line federal officers and agriculture specialists at passenger and commercial border crossings at San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, Tecate, Calexico, Andrade and the San Diego air and sea ports of entry.
During the fiscal year, which ran from October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014, CBP officers at ports in San Diego and Imperial counties inspected almost 27 million private vehicles, more than 1 million trucks, slightly more than 100,000 buses and 7,000 flights, and more than 18 million pedestrians entering the U.S.
The total amount of narcotics seized during the year at California's six ports of entry with Mexico decreased 25 percent compared to the previous period. Marijuana seizures decreased 26 percent to 132,075 pounds; cocaine seizures decreased 44 percent to 4,869 pounds; heroin seizures decreased 2 percent to 1,677 pounds; and methamphetamine seizures increased 8 percent to 14,732 pounds.
The focused enforcement efforts by California's border ports accounted for 30 percent of the marijuana, 12 percent of the cocaine, 39 percent of the heroin and 63 percent of the methamphetamine seized at air, land, and sea ports of entry nationwide.
Seizures of hidden and unreported currency heading out of the United States illegally decreased 7 percent to $7.09 million.
The apprehension of individuals with outstanding felony warrants for such crimes as homicide, robbery and assault remained similar to last year's numbers: 2,065 this fiscal year compared to 2,096 arrests during the same period last year.
CBP agriculture specialists performed 8,156,279 agricultural inspections in the passenger environment and 66,519 inspections in the cargo environment. These inspections resulted in 73,098 seizures of prohibited plant materials, meat, or animal products and finding 719 cargo shipments that did not meet the U.S. entry requirements, causing the shipments to either be sent back, treated, or destroyed.
At cargo processing facilities in Southern California, CBP personnel collected an estimated $224 million in duties, money which goes into the national treasury to fund government expenditures. CBP officers and import specialist processed merchandise, imported into the U.S., worth an estimated $42.8 billion.
In addition, locally, CBP increased overall enrollment in the SENTRI and FAST Trusted Traveler programs by 14 percent.
“We have an incredible responsibility at the ports of entry to not only interdict illegal activity that we encounter, but also to speed legitimate travel and trade into the United States. These numbers tell the story of the impressive job that our personnel in Southern California accomplish every day,” said Pete Flores, director of Field Operations for CBP in San Diego. “Part of how we accomplish this is by using layered systems to identify high-risk passengers and cargo for examination, compressing the amount of questionable passengers and cargo which allows officers to focus on those deemed high-risk. But the threats remain, and we will continue to leverage our technology, intelligence gathering, and personnel at the ports of entry to stop all violations and to keep this country safe.”
Illegal Entry Apprehensions
Marijuana Seized (lbs.)
Cocaine Seized (lbs.)
Heroin Seized (lbs.)
Methamphetamine Seized (lbs.)
Wanted Fugitives Arrested
Currency Seized Outbound
Personal Vehicles Inspected
Flights Inspected (Comm. & Priv.)
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 the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.