Methamphetamine seizures up, pests down

Posted: 20th December 2011 by Doc in Uncategorized
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“We recognize the importance of moving lawful traffic, but we can’t do that at the expense of securing the flows of people and goods both north and south across our land ports of entry,” CBP Commissioner Alan Bersin said during a Dec. 12 news conference in Tucson.

While securing the cross-border flow of people and goods in Arizona in FY 2011, CBP officers seized nearly 128,000 pounds of narcotics, including nearly 121,000 pounds of marijuana, more than 5,000 pounds of cocaine, close to 1,700 pounds of methamphetamines and 267 pounds of heroin, the agency said in a news release.

“While these numbers exceed fiscal 2010 by only 5,000 pounds total, the most significant jump involved methamphetamines – up from last year’s total of 811 pounds,” the news release said.

In addition, port officers conducting outbound inspections in Arizona seized more than $12 million in unreported currency, up from $7.2 million the previous year.

CBP also said its Arizona officers apprehended 380 people with outstanding arrest warrants on charges including assault, rape, child molestation and first-degree murder. That was down from the 448 people with warrants who were apprehended in FY 2010.

And CBP officers encountered 6,794 inadmissible people while screening travelers at Arizona ports, a drop from the 8,423 recorded the previous year. The seizure of fake or fraudulent documents was also down, at 1,180 compared to 1,439 the previous year.

Meanwhile, CBP agriculture specialists in Arizona intercepted 62,891 quarantined materials, including eggs, raw chicken, pork products, prohibited plants, and animal hides and trophies, the agency said.

“They also discovered 4,208 significant pests, preventing unknown damage to American agriculture, livestock, forestry and food supply industries,” the CBP news release said. In FY 2010, the specialists nabbed 66,085 quarantine materials and discovered 5,306 significant pests.

CBP did not release crime or agricultural seizure statistics specific to the Nogales ports.

“They’ve done their job,” Bersin said of his officers in Arizona, “which is to keep dangerous people and dangerous things away from the American homeland, and at the same time, to expedite lawful trade and travel in a corridor as important as Nogales, where 60 percent of the fresh produce coming in from Mexico comes.”


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