MIAMI – U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations (AMO) aircrews based at the Miami Air and Marine Branch will perform a flyover during NASCAR's championship weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway in front of tens of thousands of racing fans.
CBP's Air and Marine Operations agents from air and marine branches and units in Florida and Texas are assisting with security efforts for the event providing real-time aerial video to ground based law enforcement personnel at the incident command center. Air and Marine Operations interdicts unlawful people and cargo approaching U.S. borders, investigates criminal networks and provides domain awareness in the air and maritime environments, and responds to contingencies and national taskings.
“We’re a part of this community and honored to serve and protect the public in Greater Miami and the Florida Keys utilizing advanced aeronautical and maritime capabilities,” said Martin Wade, Director of the Miami Air and Marine Branch. “Air and Marine Operations highly-skilled agents are often behind the scenes at high profile events to keep things safe and secure along with local, state and federal law enforcement partners.”
CBP’s Air and Marine Operations aircrews from the Miami Air and Marine Branch and National Air Security Operations Center – Jacksonville deployed for response and recovery efforts during this year’s destructive hurricane season transporting vital supplies and supporting dozens of relief operations and assessments in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
With approximately 1,800 federal agents and mission support personnel, 240 aircraft and 300 marine vessels operating throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands, AMO serves as the nation’s experts in airborne and maritime law enforcement. Air and Marine Operations maintains an active and fully engaged cadre of coastal patrol vessels and aircraft aggressively patrolling Florida’s coastline.
In Fiscal Year 2016, AMO enforcement actions resulted in the approximate seizure or disruption of 221,707 pounds of cocaine; 654,891 pounds of marijuana; 3,881 pounds of methamphetamine; 940 weapons and $35.7 million; 4,303 arrests and 55,923 apprehensions of illegal aliens.
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Watch a video on how U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations secures the maritime border.
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.