RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TX (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — During the heavy Holy Week traffic, Customs and Border Protection Field Operations, in South Texas, posted a significant result of $17.8 million in narcotics seized and 292,000 in tourist permits processed.
Over a 10 day period, ending on March 31st, officers at eight ports of entry seized $17.8 million in narcotics and saw a 4% increase in tourist permits during the same period in 2012.
Custom officers confiscated 5,987 pounds of marijuana, 76 pounds of cocaine, 163 pounds of methamphetamine and 71 pounds of heroin. CBP officials also uncovered 938 violations of immigration law and apprehended 42 wanted fugitives.
“We had prepared well for the annual spike in Holy Week traffic at our South Texas ports. The tourist permit totals and robust enforcement activity help to validate and honor the planning, hard work and sacrifices made to keep the traffic moving,” said Eugenio Garza Jr., CBP Director, Field Operations, Laredo Field Office.