Tucson, Ariz. - The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Arizona Joint Field Command (AZ-JFC) is reporting the seizure of more than 24,654 pounds of narcotics with an estimated value of more than $16.7 million and the apprehension of 1,682 illegal aliens at the Arizona border for the period of July 11-17.
The narcotics seizures consisted of more than 24,206 pounds of marijuana, 444 pounds of cocaine and four pounds of heroin. CBP also intercepted six weapons, 22,853 rounds of ammunition, $39,423 in illegal outbound currency and 44 vehicles used for illicit purposes.
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.
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.