CBP Announces Fiscal Year Achievements in Arizona
Tucson, Ariz. — During fiscal year 2013, the men and women serving in U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Joint Field Command-Arizona’s area of responsibility continue to make gains toward a more secure border at and between ports of entry in Arizona.
Border Patrol apprehensions in Arizona dropped to 125,942; the lowest number in 20 years. Apprehensions dropped more than 61 percent in the past five years and more than 82 percent since the highest point in 2000.
Arizona’s two Office of Air and Marine air branches – Tucson and Yuma – also provided critical aerial surveillance support to Border Patrol agents on the ground, flying more than 15,900 hours; assisting with 25,131 apprehensions; seizing 331,775 pounds of narcotics; locating 43 firearms; and recovering of 127 stolen vehicles.
At Arizona ports of entry, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers processed 23.1 million travelers while stopping 10,074 individuals identified as inadmissible due to national security, insufficient or fraudulent documents, and other admissibility concerns. In addition, officers arrested 422 people wanted for crimes such as murder, rape, assault, robbery and other criminal activity, and seized 95,773 pounds of narcotics. Outbound operations designed to crack down on Mexican drug cartels netted more than $6.4 million seized in undeclared currency.
Arizona’s ports, operated by CBP’s Office of Field Operations, also improved efficiency in the facilitation of lawful trade and travel by creating additional Ready Lanes; extending hours at commercial ports to accommodate peak travel between the U.S. and Mexico.
Infrastructure improvements at the commercial ports also helped CBP officers decrease wait times while at the same time increasing traffic volume. Nogales area vehicle traffic increased 12 percent with a 27.5 percent wait-time reduction. San Luis vehicle traffic increased 23 percent with a 49 percent wait-time reduction.
OFO agriculture specialists seized 60,777 prohibited plant, meat and animal products; intercepted 6,564 pests; and conducted 38,761 examinations on cargo containers at Arizona ports to prevent potential threats to the economic vitality of America’s agriculture industry.
“CBP will continue to deploy manpower, technology and infrastructure as Arizona moves in the right direction toward a more secure border with increased trade and travel facilitation,” said Jeffrey Self, commander of CBP’s Joint Field Command – Arizona. “Although I couldn’t be more proud of the hard work and dedication of the men and women serving in CBP, we recognize there is still work to be done and gains to be made toward a safe border environment and increased economic vitality.”
A breakdown of CBP enforcement actions along the Arizona border is below:
ARIZONA ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS
Firearms / Ammo
Border Patrol Apprehensions
Rescue Incidents/Rescued Individuals
Assaults vs. Agents
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.