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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.

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.

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.

 FY19FY20FY21 TD DEC
Air and Marine Operations377184105

 

 

Drug Seizures

Air and Marine Operations Nationwide Drug Seizures

Numbers listed below are reflective of AMO’s enforcement actions with non-CBP agencies for FY 2017 - YTD2021. 

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

 FY 17FY 18FY 19FY20FY21 TD DEC
Cocaine196,832205,792227,475113,25636,801
Heroin342544507299168
Marijuana113,873178,47859,396165,13797,160
Methamphetamine2,783175,40948,8726,7335,606
Fentanyl 100243387552135

*weights are in pounds (lb)

Monthly Air and Marine Operations Nationwide Drug Seizures

Numbers listed below are reflective of AMO’s enforcement actions with non-CBP agencies for FY2021.

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

 MarijuanaCocaineHeroinMethamphetamineFentanyl
October94,67915,7241524,70748
November1,92211,0231471731
December56010,054218156

*weights are in pounds (lb)

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Flight Operations

CBP/AMO - 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 CategoryFY17 Mission CountFY17 Flight HoursFY18 Mission CountFY18 Flight HoursFY19 Mission CountFY19 Flight HoursFY20 Mission CountFY20 Flight Hours
Land Border Security9617,1201,5557,6422,4177,8492,1258,164
Maritime Border Security20116592877536757672
State, Local & Tribal Coordination940214311--
Total9907,2761,6167,9422,4958,2272,1828,836
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