Drug seizures at Imperial County and San Diego ports of entry decreased this year

Border Patrol agents found more than 200 pounds of fentanyl inside a 2015 Black GMC pickup thanks to K-9 Aldaco. Credit: US Customs and Border Protection.

US Customs and Border Protection San Diego Field Office announced this week that the total amount of narcotics seized at Southern California ports of entry last fiscal year decreased from the prior year.

Statistics released this week reported drugs seized through September 30 at the air and sea ports of entry in San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, Tecate, Calexico, Andrade and San Diego.

Despite the 38% reduction in total drugs seized, CBP officials said more than 50 tons of illegal drugs were discovered at ports of entry, including more than 6,700 pounds of fentanyl and more than 86,000 pounds of methamphetamine. . Although there was a decrease in most substances seized at the border, the 6,704 pounds of fentanyl represents a 5% increase from the previous year.

CBP said its seizures at California border ports account for more than half of the fentanyl and methamphetamine seized at ports of entry nationwide, and about half of all heroin seizures.

Jennifer De La O, Director of Field Operations for CBP in San Diego, said in a statement: “It is evident from these statistics that CBP officers are the front line in preventing these dangerous narcotics from entering the US. .”.

During fiscal year 2022, more than 29 million passenger vehicles were inspected by border officials in San Diego and Imperial counties, along with more than 1.5 million trucks, nearly 19,000 buses, and about 16 million people entering FY22. the United States on foot.

The City News Service contributed to this article.

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