EL PASO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection has released year-end data on its fiscal year 2012 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 2012, CBP seized 4,262,803 pounds of narcotics at and between border ports of entry and more than $100 million in currency. More than 364,000 apprehensions were made nationally by Border Patrol agents in 2012 - up from 340,252 in 2011. CBP also processed nearly $2.3 trillion in trade and processed more than 351 million travelers in fiscal year 2012, and continued to expand trusted traveler and shipper programs designed to expedite screening for trusted travelers and trade through rigorous and recurrent background checks.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) employees from the El Paso Office of Field Operations, El Paso Border Patrol Sector and Big Bend Border Patrol Sector recorded a number of highlights during fiscal year 2012 which began October 1, 2011 and ended September 30, 2012. For example, CBP personnel working at and between area ports of entry seized almost 100 tons of illegal drugs while processing more than 26 million people applying for legal entry to the U.S. And during fiscal year 2012 Border Patrol agents made 13,642 apprehensions in the El Paso and Big Bend Sectors.
EL PASO/WEST TEXAS/NEW MEXICO ENFORCEMENT & TRAFFIC RESULTS SUMMARYFiscal year 2012 (Oct.1, 2012 through Sept. 30, 2012)
Total illegal drugs (pounds) 194,567
Illegal entry apprehensions 13,642
Inadmissible aliens at ports of entry 6,907
Agriculture quarantine interceptions 53,510
Agriculture pest interceptions 4,211
Northbound trucks 818,195
Northbound cars 10,752,140
Northbound pedestrians 6,613,629
Total northbound people 26,572,040
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.