Washington - More than $36.6 million is just a portion of the collective value of the narcotics, currency and ammunition that have been intercepted this week, further illustrating the scope of significant seizures the men and women of U.S. Customs and Border Protection regularly make. Highlights of these activities during the last several days include:
June 26, 2010 - Brownsville, Texas:
June 28, 2010 - Tucson, Ariz.:
June 28, 2010 - Calexico, Calif.:
June 29, 2010 - San Luis, Ariz.:
June 29, 2010 - Wellington, Ariz.:
June 30, 2010 - Calexico, Calif:
June 30, 2010 - San Diego:
June 30, 2010 - Edinburg, Texas:
June 30, 2010 - Pine Valley, Calif.:
"Our strategy is to secure the nation's border by employing and enhancing our layers of defense throughout the continuum that impacts our borders - starting from the point of origin, through transit to the United States, arrival and entry at our borders, routes of egress, and ultimately to final destination in the United States," said CBP Commissioner Alan Bersin, clarifying CBP's strategy for securing the border.
"This strategy relies upon increased intelligence and risk-management strategies regarding both the movement and flow of travelers and trade," continued Bersin. "We can accomplish our mission of expediting trade and travel by separating the knowns from the unknowns. Employing risk segmentation allows us to enhance security by focusing more attention on stopping illegitimate trade, while at the same time facilitating legitimate travel and commerce."
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.