WASHINGTON— Despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) agents and officers have diligently continued to protect the nation.
Adjusting to great challenges including; devising ways to safely interdict and apprehend illegal entrants—while protecting themselves and the individuals, altering shift rotations and decontaminating aircraft and vessels to conduct the mission, AMO agents stopped great quantities of illicit narcotics from entering the U.S., and prevented numerous human smuggling attempts.
During FY2020 AMO conducted 94,278 flight hours, and 35,444 float hours along the nation’s borders and in the interior, in coordination with Federal, state and local partners.
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In total for FY20, AMO agents seized or disrupted 285,976.62 pounds of narcotics, seized $51,559,843, contributed to the apprehension of 47,813 individuals, and rescued 184 persons.
AMO also conducted numerous operations around the country to include high profile law enforcement operations during National Special Security events such as Super Bowl LIV in Miami, the Kentucky Derby, and Mardi Gras.
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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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.