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CBP Enforcement Statistics Fiscal Year 2021

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the nation’s largest federal law enforcement agency charged with securing the nation’s borders and facilitating international travel and trade. Our top priority is to keep terrorists and their weapons from entering the United States.

At the nation’s more than 300 ports of entry, CBP officers have a complex mission with broad law enforcement authorities tied to screening all foreign visitors, returning American citizens and imported cargo that enters the U.S. Along the nation’s borders, the United States Border Patrol and Air and Marine Operations are the uniformed law enforcement arms of CBP responsible for securing U.S. borders between ports of entry. 

The following is a summary of CBP enforcement actions related to inadmissibles, apprehensions, arrests of individuals with criminal convictions and individuals who have been apprehended multiple times crossing the border illegally.

Visit CBP's Southwest Border Migration page for demographic information regarding apprehensions and inadmissibles on the southwest border and the Assaults and Use of Force page for data on assaults on agents and officers, and uses of force by CBP personnel. 

Total CBP Enforcement Actions

Numbers below reflect Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 - FY 2021 to date (TD).

Fiscal Year 2021 runs October 01, 2020 - September 30, 2021.

 FY17FY18FY19FY20FY21 TD OCT
Office of Field Operations (OFO) Total Encounters1216,370281,881288,523241,78621,404
U.S. Border Patrol Total Encounters2310,531404,142859,501405,03666,525
Total Enforcement Actions526,901683,1781,148,024646,82287,929

1 Beginning in March FY20,  OFO Encounters statistics include both Title 8  Inadmissibles and Title 42 Expulsions. To learn more, visit: Title-8-and-Title-42-Statistics. Inadmissibles refers to individuals encountered at ports of entry who are seeking lawful admission into the United States but are determined to be inadmissible, individuals presenting themselves to seek humanitarian protection under our laws, and individuals who withdraw an application for admission and return to their countries of origin within a short timeframe.

2 Beginning in March FY20,  USBP Encounters statistics include both Title 8  Apprehensions and Title 42 Expulsions. To learn more, visit: Title-8-and-Title-42-Statistics. Apprehensions refers to the physical control or temporary detainment of a person who is not lawfully in the U.S. which may or may not result in an arrest.

Search and Rescue Efforts

CBP agents frequently conduct life-saving efforts, while carrying out their respective missions. Numbers below reflect Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 - FY 2021 to date (TD).

Fiscal Year 2021 runs October 01, 2020 - September 30, 2021.

 FY19FY20FY21 TD OCT
U.S. Border Patrol - Southwest Border Only4,9205,071774
Air and Marine Operations - Nationwide37718427

Arrests of Individuals with Criminal Convictions or Those Wanted by Law Enforcement

Arrests of Individuals with Criminal Convictions or Those Wanted by Law Enforcement

Numbers below reflect FY 2017 - FY 2021 to date (TD).

Fiscal Year 2021 runs October 01, 2020 - September 30, 2021.

 FY17FY18FY19FY20FY21 TD OCT
Office of Field Operations
Criminal Aliens Encountered310,59611,62312,7057,009281
NCIC4 Arrests7,6565,9298,5467,108616
U.S. Border Patrol
Criminal Aliens Encountered38,5316,6984,2692,438962
Criminal Aliens with Outstanding Wants or Warrants2,6751,5504,1532,054131

3Criminal Aliens refers to aliens who have been convicted of crime, whether in the United States or abroad, so long as the conviction is for conduct which is deemed criminal by the United States. Criminal aliens encountered at ports of entry are inadmissible, absent extenuating circumstances, and represent a subset of total OFO inadmissibles. U.S. Border Patrol arrests of criminal aliens are a subset of total apprehensions. See U.S. Border Patrol Criminal Alien Statistics for a breakdown of criminal alien stats by type of conviction.
4NCIC (National Crime Information Center) arrests refers to the number of CBP arrests of individuals, including U.S. citizens, who are wanted by other law enforcement agencies.

Currency Seizures

Office of Field Operations Nationwide Currency Seizures

Numbers below reflect FY 2015 - FY 2021 to date (TD).

Fiscal Year 2021 runs October 01, 2020 - September 30, 2021.

 FY15FY16FY17FY18FY19FY20FY21 TD OCT
Amount (USD)$75,964,824$62,101,328$65,002,856$63,691,464$68,879,080$93,302,645$5,630,484

Nationwide Monthly Office of Field Operations Currency Seizures

Numbers below reflect FY 2018 - FY 2019 and FY 2021 to date (TD).

Fiscal Year 2021 runs October 01, 2020 - September 30, 2021.

 FY18FY19FY20FY21
October$6,198,201$4,190,389$4,782,909$5,630,484
November$4,303,600$4,360,441$5,426,672 
December$4,907,494$4,415,486$7,143,022 
January$5,194,829$7,836,948$4,209,230 
February$4,604,973$5,574,578$4,058,508 
March$4,894,285$5,581,107$5,615,991 
April$13,424,674$13,733,814$8,097,239 
May$4,024,325$4,739,178$3,920,587 
June$3,168,422$4,607,755$3,248,196 
July$4,503,412$4,439,385$6,195,526 
August$4,249,027$5,442,547$36,355,753 
September$4,218,223$3,957,451$7,372,288 
Total$63,691,464$68,879,080$96,425,920$5,630,484

U.S. Border Patrol Nationwide Currency Seizures

Numbers below reflect FY 2015 - FY 2021 to date (TD).

Fiscal Year 2021 runs October 01, 2020 - September 30, 2021.

 FY15FY16FY17FY18FY19FY20FY21 TD OCT
Amount (USD)$4,741,288$7,924,537$5,869,004$7,176,142$6,805,695$8,933,512$442,912

Monthly U.S. Border Patrol Nationwide Checkpoint Currency Seizures

Numbers below reflect FY 2018 - FY 2021 to date (TD).

Fiscal Year 2021 runs October 01, 2020 - September 30, 2021.

 FY18FY19FY20FY21
October $35,829$49,247$33,558$196,378
November$26,285$51,269$114,297 
December$2,822$63,697$156,961 
January$203,213$59,857$52,649 
February$117,933$103,982$84,475 
March$157,669$110,924$36,301 
April$17,913$15,016$49,559 
May$256,033$129,766$691,640 
June$31,494$119,732$511,781 
July $14,339$86,696$159,504 
August$169,592$141,475$275,751 
September$80,358$33,487$124,274 
Total$1,113,480$965,148$2,290,750$196,378

Drug Seizures

Office of Field Operations Nationwide Drug Seizures

Numbers below reflect FY 2015 - FY 2021 to date (TD).

Fiscal Year 2021 runs October 01, 2020 - September 30, 2021.

 FY 15FY 16FY 17FY 18FY 19FY20FY21 TD OCT
Cocaine38,34652,83862,41551,59289,48542,64510,180
Heroin6,0234,2243,3985,2055,417  5,2221,403
Marijuana602,821516,122366,627299.419289,517 324,97333,244
Methamphetamine525,49533,08646,24757,440127,497 156,90121,203
Fentanyl 705961,8751,8952,575  3,9671,075

*weights are in pounds (lb)

5As of 01 October 2019, category includes both Methamphetamine and Crystal Methamphetamine. 

Monthly Office of Field Operations Nationwide Drug Seizures

Numbers below reflect FY 2021.

Fiscal Year 2021 runs October 01, 2020 - September 30, 2021.

 Monthly  Marijuana  Cocaine  Heroin  Methamphetamine5  Fentanyl  Other 
October33,24410,1801,40321,2031,07516,365

*weights are in pounds (lb)

5As of 01 October 2019, category includes both Methamphetamine and Crystal Methamphetamine. 

U.S. Border Patrol Nationwide Drug Seizures

Numbers below reflect FY 2015 - FY 2021 to date (TD).

Fiscal Year 2021 runs October 01, 2020 - September 30, 2021.

 FY 15FY 16FY 17FY 18FY 19FY20FY21 TD OCT
Cocaine11,2205,4739,3466,55011,68215,360878
Heroin51856695356880854651
Marijuana1,538,3071,294,052861,231461,030266,882257,44012,730
Methamphetamine6,4438,22410,32811,31414,43420,7951,388
Fentanyl n/a105181388226809137

*weights are in pounds (lb)

Monthly U.S. Border Patrol Nationwide Checkpoint Drug Seizures

Numbers below reflect FY 2021.

Fiscal Year 2021 runs October 01, 2020 - September 30, 2021.

 MarijuanaCocaineHeroinMethamphetamineFentanylOther
October93630738848105109

*weights are in pounds (lb)

See Air and Marine Operations Statistics for a breakdown of enforcement actions with non-CBP agencies.

Gang Affiliated Enforcement

U.S. Border Patrol Nationwide Apprehensions by Gang Affiliation

Numbers below reflect FY2015 - FY2021.

Fiscal Year 2021 runs October 01, 2020 - September 30, 2021.

Gang AffiliationFY15FY16FY17FY18FY19FY20FY21 TD OCT
107th St0001 000
18th Street844761145168363
Angelino Heights Sureno 130010 000
Bandidos0400 000
Barrio Azteca6034 010
Barrio Van Nuys0000100
Border Brothers0001100
Brown Pride0000 000
Chirizos0001 000
Folk Nation0100 000
Hard Times 130100 000
Hells Angels0000100
Hermanos Pistoleros Latinos (HPL)21832221
Latin Kings160672440
Locos Surenos Trece0101 000
Los Traviosos0000100
Los Zetas0100 000
MS-13335253228413464727
Mara 180001210
Mara-R001100
Maravilla Salva Trucha0102 010
Market Street0000100
Mexican Mafia4643720
Mexicles0000 000
Mexikanemi2030 000
Nortenos14565610
Other1541369082110757
Outlaws0000 000
Paisas73119536290934
Partido Revolucionario Mexican (PRM)0000100
Playboys0100 010
San Fernando Valley Gang0000100
South Los Angeles0001 000
Southwest Cholos0000100
Surenos (sur-13)14090666670663
Tango Blast1416882070
Texas Syndicate0311301
Tortilla Flats0000010
Vallucos0000100
Vilanos-13000100
West Park001000
Westside    100
Zetas001100
Total84470253680897636327

U.S. Border Patrol Recidivism Rates

Recidivism percentages are updated at the end of each fiscal year.

 FY 15FY 16FY 17FY 18FY 19FY20
Recidivism514%12%10%11%7% 

5Recidivism refers to percentage of individuals apprehended more than one time by the Border Patrol within a fiscal year.

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