Laredo, Texas, There is a 177 percent increase in the number of undocumented immigrants detained by Customs and Border Protection agents during fiscal year 2022, in addition to a 19 percent increase in cocaine seizures.
The 2022 fiscal year began on October 1, 2021, and ended on September 30, 2022.
“As non-essential smuggling resumes in early fiscal year 2022, overall workload volumes return to normal, but CBP officers report significant increases in encounters with hard narcotics, especially cocaine, and people without valid entry documents.” continued to experience the current trend of gains,” said CBP Laredo (Acting) Director of Field Operations Eugene Crawford.
“The volume of hard narcotics underlines the seriousness of the drug threat we face, and the security and economic challenges of the hemisphere also drive the volume of migration.”
During fiscal year 2022, CBP officers seized 47,755 pounds of narcotics at eight ports of entry stretching from Brownsville to Del Rio, with a combined estimated street value of $436 million. ,
Specifically, they seized 6,578 pounds of marijuana; 10,243 pounds of cocaine, up 19 percent over FY21; approximately 30,476 pounds of methamphetamine; 176 pounds of heroin, approximately 282 pounds of fentanyl, $5.8 million in undisclosed currency, 320 weapons and 78,487 rounds of ammunition.
CBP officers at Laredo Field Office ports of entry in FY 2022 also determined that more than 57,732 non-US citizens were inadmissible to the US due to immigration law violations, a 177 percent increase over FY 21.
CBP agriculture specialists intercepted 99,264 items of quarantined animal and plant material and 5,015 pests.