LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Laredo Sector Border Patrol is providing statistical data and is highlighting successes from the start of fiscal year 2016, which began October 1, 2015 and will end September 30, 2016. The Laredo Sector Border Patrol has more than 1,600 Border Patrol Agents, encompasses 101 counties and covers 86,673 square miles of southwest and northeast Texas. The Sector boundary reaches from the Rio Grande River in South Texas to portions of the state's border with Oklahoma.
The Laredo Sector Border Patrol is releasing quarterly statistics to demonstrate the hard work of the men and women of the Laredo Sector Border Patrol, and how the Border Patrol is improving the quality of life among the communities it serves and protects by providing a safer place to live and raise families. With infrastructure, technology and improved rapid response capability, the Sector hopes to further capitalize on its ability to effect operational control over the border area and continue to be a nationally recognized leader in the ongoing mission to protect the homeland.
Laredo Sector Border Patrol continues to work on strengthening security at the border with improving infrastructure by adding another all-weather road that will allow agents quicker and more efficient access to the Rio Grande River. Additionally, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has completed the operational utility evaluation of one Aerostat that has been deployed at the Laredo Sector Border Patrol. The aerostats have been very effective for the Border Patrol, both as a deterrence and as an excellent means of spotting illegal activity. Additionally, the aerostats have also been used to help agents save immigrant lives in remote and inhospitable areas.
“These statistics represent the hard work, commitment, honor and dedication that the men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol provide everyday while securing our Nation’s borders,” said Mario Martinez, Chief Patrol Agent of the Laredo Sector.
LAREDO SECTOR ENFORCEMENT QUARTERLY RESULTS SUMMARY
Fiscal Year 2016 (October through March, 2016)
Marijuana (pounds): 41,188
Cocaine (pounds): 341.17
Heroin (ounces): 863.17
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.