CBP's Tucson Office of Field Operations Announces Fiscal Year 2011 Highlights
Tucson, AZ. - Customs and Border Protection officers and agriculture specialists at Arizona's ports seized significant amounts of narcotics; surpassed currency seizure records; uncovered numerous immigration violations and fraudulent documents; and stopped the introduction of potential pests and diseases on prohibited agricultural products during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2011.
Officers seized nearly 128,000 pounds of narcotics consisting of nearly 121,000 pounds of marijuana, more than 5,000 pounds of cocaine, close to 1,700 pounds of methamphetamines, and 267 pounds of heroin. While these numbers exceed fiscal 2010 by only 5,000 pounds total, the most significant jump involved methamphetamines - up from last year's total of 811 pounds.
Officers seized in excess of $12 million in unreported currency and apprehended 380 people with arrest warrants on a variety of charges including assault, rape, child molestation, narcotics possession, and first degree murder. Last fiscal year, officers seized more than $7.2 million in unreported currency and apprehended 448 people with warrants.
Officers also discovered 6,794 inadmissible aliens mixed in with legitimate travelers and seized 1,180 fake or fraudulent documents, as compared to 8,423 inadmissible aliens and 1,439 fake or fraudulent documents last year.
Agriculture specialists intercepted 62,891 quarantine materials, including eggs, raw chicken, pork products, prohibited agricultural items/plants, and animal hides and trophies. They also discovered 4,208 significant pests, preventing unknown damage to American agriculture, livestock, forestry and food supply industries. In fiscal 2010, they intercepted 66,085 quarantine materials and discovered 5,306 significant pests.
Officers and agriculture specialists accomplished this while screening close to 22 million travelers (7.5 million pedestrians); more than 6.6 million private vehicles; nearly 12,000 buses; and almost 9,000 commercial and more than 4,100 private aircraft. In fiscal 2010, they screened in excess of 24 million travelers (7.7 million as pedestrians), 6.8 million private vehicles, 12,986 buses, 8,902 commercial aircraft, and 4,332 private aircraft.
CBP officials also processed 353,575 commercial vehicles, 681 trains with 59,829 railcars, and processed over $20.1 billion in imports. In FY 2010, CBP processed 375,403 commercial vehicles, 602 trains with 52,617 railcars, and processed close to $19 billion in imports.
CBP officers are responsible for securing the nation's borders at the ports of entry. Their primary mission, anti-terrorism, involves the screening of all people, vehicles, and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out traditional border-related responsibilities, including narcotics interdiction; enforcing immigration and trade laws; and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.
All CBP assets in Arizona were realigned under a unified command structure in February 2011. Joint Field Command - Arizona unifies the Tucson and Yuma Border Patrol Sectors and Air Branches, as well as the Tucson Field Office, to enhance border security, commercial enforcement and trade facilitation missions to meet Arizona's unique challenges. Follow us on Twitter @CBPArizona.
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.