SOUTH TEXAS (NEWS CENTER 23) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and agriculture specialists at eight South Texas ports of entry seized a significant amount of narcotics, currency, false documents, and uncovered numerous immigration and agricultural violations during fiscal year 2012. Fiscal Year 2012 began October 1, 2011 and ended Sept. 30, 2012.
CBP officers at eight ports of entry extending from Brownsville to Del Rio in FY 2012 seized 132,327 pounds of narcotics that carried a combined estimated street value of $347 million. Specifically, they seized 125,202 pounds of marijuana, 4,332 pounds of cocaine, 2,200 pounds of methamphetamine, up an astounding 116 percent over FY 11, 593 pounds of heroin, $6.8 million in undeclared currency, 61 firearms and 21,262 rounds of ammunition. They made those interceptions while processing 2.7 million commercial trucks, 18.9 million privately-owned vehicles, 50.5 million passengers and pedestrians and 67,738 commercial buses at the ports over the same period.
South Texas CBP officers in FY 2012 determined that a total of 27,955 non-U.S. citizens were inadmissible to the U.S. due to violations of immigration law, an eight percent increase over FY 11. CBP officers and agriculture specialists in FY 2012 intercepted a total of 13,553 pests. They also made 22,518 interceptions of quarantined animal materials. CBP in South Texas also tallied 100,338 interceptions of quarantined plant materials in FY 2012.
“Our frontline CBP officers, import specialists and agriculture specialists have continued to maintain their vigilance in FY 2012, and in upholding CBP’s border security mission they have more than doubled the amount of methamphetamine seized over the previous fiscal year,” said Eugenio Garza Jr., Director, Field Operations, Laredo Field Office. “CBP officers working in cooperative fashion with Border Patrol agents, Air and Marine interdiction agents and fellow federal state, local and Mexican law enforcement partners have put forth a unified effort toward securing the South Texas Corridor against transnational criminal organizations.”