U.S. Customs and Border Patrol reports increase in meth, pot, heroin seizures

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    U.S. Customs and Border Patrol reports increase in meth, pot, heroin seizures

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers have closed the books on the 2009 fiscal year ending Sept. 30, with an increase in reported seizures of methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana.

    The total of all drugs seized surged 20 percent, the CBP said.
    In addition, the CBP reported a 108 percent increase in unreported cash leaving the country, a whopping $1.46 million.

    The tally comes from officers charged with patrolling and securing borders at California's entry points from Mexico in San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, Tecate, Calexico, Andrade and San Diego air and sea ports.

    Some 1,800 federal officers and agriculture specialists in San Diego and Imperial counties conducted 66 million inspections. They seized nearly 145 tons of drugs and arrested more than 42,000 immigration violators, the CBP said.

    The searches covered nearly 27 million passenger vehicles, more than 1 million trucks, almost 114,000 buses, andmore than 14 million people entering the U.S. on foot.

    The seizures, detailed in the chart below, mean California’s border ports accounted for 40 percent of the marijuana, 13 percent of the cocaine, 34 percent of the heroin and 71 percent of the methamphetamine seized at ports of entry nationwide.

    Approximately the same number of people were arrested on outstanding felony warrants in the recently concluded fiscal year, compared to the year prior ( 1,925 in '09 compared to 1,996 in '08),

    CBP agriculture specialists performed more than 8 million agricultural inspections related to passenger traffic and 41,094 inspections of cargo. As a result, 76,153 seizures of prohibited plant materials, meat, or animal products were detected. Some 911 cargo shipments that did not meet the U.S. entry requirements were either sent back, treated, or destroyed.

    FY 2008 FY2009 % Change
    marijuana (LBS) 228,923 277,542 +21%
    cocaine (LBS) 9,106 7,906 -13%
    heroin (LBS) 409 617 +51%
    methamphetamine (lbs) 2,029 3,693 +82%
    wanted fugitives arrested 1,996 1,925 -3%
    inadmissable aliens 47,170 42,268 -10%

    November 24, 3:31 PM
    San Diego Crime Examiner
    Steve Perez

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