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Air and Marine Operations Statistics 2021

U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) safeguards our Nation by anticipating and confronting security threats through our aviation and maritime law enforcement expertise, innovative capabilities, and partnerships at the border and beyond. With approximately 1,800 federal agents and mission support personnel, 240 aircraft, and 300 marine vessels operating throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands, AMO conducts its mission in the air and maritime environments at and beyond the border, and within the nation's interior. AMO interdicts unlawful people and cargo approaching U.S. borders, investigates criminal networks and provides domain awareness in the air and maritime environments, and responds to contingencies and national taskings.

The statistics on this page refect AMO's drug seizures, search and rescue efforts, and Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) operations. In Fiscal Year 2020, AMO agents seized or disrupted 285,976 pounds of narcotics, seized $51.5 million, contributed to the apprehensions of 47,813 individuals and rescued 184 persons.

Drug Seizures


Search and Rescue Efforts

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

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

Category FY19 FY20 FY21
Air and Marine Operations 377 184 423


Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Flight Operations

CBP’s oversight framework and procedures ensure that UAS operations are in compliance with privacy and civil liberty laws and standards. In compliance with Congressional reporting requirements, CBP makes publicly available the number of missions and flight hours flown by the UAS, split into three categories: maritime border security; state, local, and tribal coordination; land border security. All missions and flight hours (including training and maintenance flights) are allocated to one of these three categories. Missions that were categorized in CBP AMO’s system of record as maritime reconnaissance/surveillance/target acquisition are classified as ‘Maritime Border Security’. Missions flown in coordination with a state, local, or tribal primary partner are classified as ‘State, Local, & Tribal Coordination’. All other hours are classified as ‘Land Border Security’.

Numbers listed below are reflective of AMO's operations for FY 2017 - FY 2020.

Mission Category FY17 Mission Count FY17 Flight Hours FY18 Mission Count FY18 Flight Hours FY19 Mission Count FY19 Flight Hours FY20 Mission Count FY20 Flight Hours FY21 Mission Count FY21 Flight Hours
Land Border Security 961 7,120 1,555 7,642 2,417 7,849 2,125 8,164 2,505 9,159
Maritime Border Security 20 116 59 287 75 367 57 672 96 784
State, Local & Tribal Coordination 9 40 2 14 3 11 - - 5 14
Total 990 7,276 1,616 7,942 2,495 8,227 2,182 8,836 2,606 9,957


Last Modified: Nov 20, 2023