Tucson, Ariz. - The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Arizona Joint Field Command is reporting the seizure of more than 22,998 pounds of narcotics, with an estimated value of more than $12.3 million, and the apprehension of 1,606 illegal immigrants at the Arizona border July 18-24.
Narcotics seizures consisted of more than 22,924 pounds of marijuana, 58 pounds of cocaine and 16 pounds of methamphetamines. CBP also intercepted six weapons, 5,943 rounds of ammunition, 102 rifle magazines, $22,102 in illegal outbound currency, and 32 vehicles used for illicit purposes.
Since the beginning of fiscal year 2011, CBP in Arizona has apprehended more than 112,400 illegal immigrants and seized in excess of 939,600 pounds of marijuana - a 43 percent decrease in apprehensions when compared to fiscal year 2010 - representing the positive results of an integrated border enforcement effort in Arizona and the significant increases in personnel, technology and tactical infrastructure.
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 (JFC) 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 Arizona to direct an integrated approach to our mission of border security, commercial enforcement and trade facilitation.
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.