BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) port within the Buffalo Field Office have seen a significant increase in drug seizures during fiscal year 2020.
CBP employees at ports within the Buffalo Field Office, Office of Field Operations, have seized a variety of drugs in commercial shipments and passenger vehicles, from October 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020. The Buffalo Field Office, which covers 16 ports of entry throughout New York State, made 732 seizures totaling over 40,600 pounds of narcotics.
In comparison to the same time frame last year, ports had 1,017 seizures totaling more than 3,440 pounds of narcotics. That’s an increase of more than 1,000%.
“The work of the officers has been incredible and their dedication to CBP's enforcement mission is evident when you look at the increase in narcotics seizures,” said Buffalo Field Office Director Rose Brophy. “Criminal organizations are not going to stop just because the border has restricted travel. The marijuana seizures alone are valued at just over $120M. Those proceeds will not make it back to the criminal organizations who would have used those profits to fund other criminal activity.”
The following is a statistical chart comparison of Buffalo Field Office narcotics seizures for fiscal years 2019 and 2020 through August 31.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.