Tucson, Ariz.—During fiscal year 2013, the men and women of the Tucson Sector Border Patrol continued to make headway in accomplishing the goal of securing America’s borders.
Border Patrol in Tucson Sector capped off the year with 120,939 apprehensions compared to a high of 616,346 in fiscal year 2000. Those apprehended included aggravated felons and more than 19,000 people from countries other than Mexico.
Marijuana seizures totaled 1.1 million pounds, an increase of nearly 120,000 pounds over 2012.
Other accomplishments of note were the discovery and remediation of six illicit tunnels, and the establishment of a new forward operating base enabling agents to patrol more effectively in remote areas of the desert.
In addition to enforcement duties, agents’ humanitarian efforts resulted in more than 800 rescues in 2013, compared to 632 in fiscal 2012. Deaths totaled 194, an increase of 14 over the previous year.
With the right combination of personnel, technology and infrastructure, the 4,100 agents within Tucson Sector continue to be dedicated and work diligently in securing the 262 miles of border in the Tucson Sector’s area of responsibility.
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.