El Paso, Texas. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection has released year-end data on its fiscal year 2010 operations - illustrating the agency's success in securing the border and facilitating legitimate trade and travel through targeted operations, enhanced partnerships, and the unprecedented deployment of personnel, technology and infrastructure along America's borders.
In fiscal 2010, CBP seized more than 4,140,000 pounds of narcotics and more than $147 million in currency. CBP also processed nearly $2 trillion in trade - a 15.8 percent increase over FY 2009 - and more than 352 million travelers in fiscal year 2010, and continued to expand trusted traveler and shipper programs designed to expedite screening for low-risk travelers and trade through rigorous, recurrent background checks.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees from the El Paso Office of Field Operations recorded a number of highlights during the recently completed fiscal year 2010 which began Oct. 1, 2009 and ended Sept. 30, 2010. For example, CBP personnel working at area ports of entry seized in excess of 40 tons of illegal drugs while processing more than 32 million people applying for legal entry to the U.S.
"Homeland security is our number one priority at El Paso area ports of entry," said Ana Hinojosa, director of field operations in El Paso. "Everyday our officers are making a positive contribution to keep our nation and our neighborhoods safe and secure through their vigilance and commitment to duty. I commend them on their success."
View the complete CBP national news release and 2010 highlights.
El Paso Field Office Enforcement & Traffic Results Summary
Fiscal year 2010 (October 1, 2009 through September 30, 2010)
|Total illegal drugs (pounds)||83,226|
|Criminal aliens encountered||683|
|Agriculture quarantine material intercepts||68,025|
|Agriculture pest intercepts||5,243|
|Total Northbound People||32,125,030|
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.