Customs and Border Protection announce achievements

2014-01-31T20:45:00Z 2014-01-31T20:55:31Z Customs and Border Protection announce achievementsArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Arizona released 2013 fiscal year achievements in its work to secure the border.

According to its news release:

  • Border Patrol apprehensions have dropped to 125,942, which is the lowest number in 20 years.
  • Air branches in Tucson and Yuma provided aerial surveillance support to Border Patrol agents and assisted with 25,131 apprehensions; 331,775 pounds of narcotic seizures; located 43 firearms and recovered 127 stolen vehicles.
  • At ports of entry, federal officers processed 23.1 million travelers, and stopped 10,074 individuals who were not suppose to enter the country.
  • Officers arrested 422 people for crimes including murder, rape, assault and robbery, and seized 95,773 pounds of narcotics.
  • Operations to crack down on Mexican drug cartels netted more than $6.4 million seized in undeclared currency that was headed into Mexico.
  • Trade and travel efficiency was improved at the ports through additional lanes and extended hours to accommodate peak travel between the U.S. and Mexico. Nogales vehicle traffic increased 12 percent with a 27 percent wait-time reduction. San Luis traffic increased 23 percent with a 49 percent wait-time reduction.
  • Agricultural specialists seized 60,777 prohibited plants, meat and animal products; intercepted 6,564 pests; an conducted 38,761 examinations on cargo containers to prevent possible threats to the agricultural industry.

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