CBP Announces New Director for San Diego Field Office
San Diego - U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced today that Chris Maston will serve as the new field operations director in San Diego.
Maston began his new role yesterday. Previously, he served CBP as the Port Director over the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa passenger ports of entry in San Diego County.
As the director of field operations, Maston will provide management oversight for all passenger and cargo operations within the San Diego region, including at the busy land border ports of entry on the California/Mexico border, as well as airport and seaport operations in San Diego.
"I am committed to this agency's important mission: securing the border of our nation," said Maston. "At our ports of entry, this means segmenting low risk travelers and commodities for faster processing, leveraging our intelligence to detect high risk people and items, and working with our partners to ensure that when we interdict illegal activity, the persons responsible face consequences for their actions."
The San Diego Field Office manages the work of more than 1,900 front-line federal officers, agriculture specialists, and other staff at border stations in San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, Tecate, Calexico, and Andrade as well as the federal inspection stations at the San Diego seaport and international airports. The ports performed more than 63 million inspections of travelers, seized almost 90 tons of illegal narcotics, and apprehended more than 41,000 immigration violators during the last fiscal year.
Maston brings 26 years of law enforcement experience to his new position, including overseeing passenger and cargo operations, strategic planning for securing our nation's ports of entry, and invaluable front-line experience: he began his distinguished federal career in 1985 as a Border Patrol Agent in El Paso, Texas and later became a Customs Inspector at the Calexico port of entry.
Maston most recently served as the Director of the Port of San Ysidro, which includes the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa passenger border stations, overseeing the processing of more than 40,000 vehicles, 25,000 pedestrians, and 200 buses daily. These two facilities process approximately 1 out of every 8 travelers that enters the U.S. daily through any port of entry, whether land, air, or sea.
From October 2007 to January 2010, Maston served as the CBP Port Director at the Miami International Airport, directing a workforce of more than 1,300 employees at the largest international operation in the United States for air cargo and second-largest for international passengers.
In Miami, Maston's responsibilities included the oversight of all international passenger inspections, trade enforcement, and tactical operations such as counter-terrorism response, narcotics interdiction, agriculture inspections, airport security programs, and operational coordination with other law enforcement partners.
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.