CBP in Ariz. Seizes More Than $17M in Narcotics in One Week
Tucson, Ariz. - The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Joint Field Command in Arizona is reporting seizures totaling more than 23,000 pounds of narcotics and nearly $30,000 in currency for the period of Feb. 28 through March 6.
The seizures, totaling an estimated value of $17 million, consisted of close to 23,000 pounds of marijuana, nearly 16 pounds of methamphetamines, more than 300 pounds of cocaine, and 37 vehicles used for illicit purposes. $30,000 in illegal cash and a handgun were intercepted during outbound operations at ports of entry. In addition, 3,082 illegal aliens were apprehended along the Arizona border.
Since Feb. 3, the CBP-JFC has led to significant results including the apprehension of more than 11,715 undocumented aliens, seizures of $880,330 in illicit currency and more than 100,000 pounds of narcotics with an estimated street value of $69 million.
Since launching the Southwest Border Initiative in March 2009, the Department of Homeland Security under Secretary Janet Napolitano has engaged in an unprecedented effort to bring focus and intensity to Southwest border security, coupled with a reinvigorated, smart and effective approach to enforcing immigration laws in the interior of our country.
The Joint Field Command integrates the combined assets of the Tucson and Yuma Border Patrol Sectors, the Office of Field Operations Tucson Field Office, and the Office of Air and Marine's Tucson and Yuma Air Branches, enabling CBP leadership in the Arizona area of operations to direct an integrated approach to our mission of border security, commercial enforcement and trade facilitation.