CBP Announces New Director for San Diego Field Office
San Diego - U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced today that Mr. Pete Flores will serve as the new director of field operations in San Diego.
Mr. Flores began his new role on Sunday, Nov. 4. As the director of field operations, he will provide management oversight for all passenger and cargo operations within the San Diego Field Office, including at the busy land border ports of entry on the California border with Mexico, as well as airport and seaport operations in San Diego.
The San Diego Field Office manages the work of more than 2,200 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 62 million inspections of travelers, seized more than 96 tons of illegal narcotics, and apprehended more than 37,000 immigration violators, and seized more than $5.7 million in hidden and unreported currency heading out of the United States illegally, during the fiscal year 2011.
Mr. Flores brings 24 years of law enforcement experience to his new position, including overseeing passenger and cargo operations and invaluable front-line experience: he began his distinguished federal career in 1988 as a customs inspector at the Calexico port of entry.
Mr. Flores most recently served as the assistant director, border security, San Diego Field Office, overseeing all anti-terrorism, narcotics interdiction, alien apprehension, and prosecution efforts, as well as the integrity program.
Before serving as the assistant director, border security, Mr. Flores was the acting port director, San Ysidro, from March 2011 through August 2011, and acting director of the San Diego Field Office from July 2010 through March 2011. During this time, he was responsible for the six ports of entry along the California/Mexico border and served as the primary day-to-day liaison to federal, state and local law enforcement entities.
As the assistant director, trade, San Diego Field Office from August 2006 through October 2011, Mr. Flores oversaw all trade, cargo operations, fines, penalties and forfeitures efforts for CBP Field Operations in southern California.
From June 2003 until August 2006, he was assigned as chief of the Manifest and Conveyance Branch in Wash., D.C., which included oversight of trade programs in air, rail, vessel and truck modes of transportation. He was selected as a program manager for Trade Enforcement and Facilitation in 2002 and spent an additional six years at CBP Headquarters. Mr. Flores also worked at the Pre-Clearance Station in Freeport, Bahamas where he was instrumental in initiating a Passenger Analysis Unit for air and sea passengers departing the Bahamas to the United States.
A native of California, Mr. Flores holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the San Diego State University, with a major in Criminal Justice Administration.
"I am committed to this agency's important mission: securing the border of our nation," said Flores. "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."
"I will continue to work with our stakeholders to ensure a seamless transition and positive dialogue."
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.