Timeline for entries tagged “Drug Seizures”

A chronology of events related to U.S. border governance and migration

November 24, 2020

  • Three Mexican nationals tied to cross-border trucking companies were charged in San Diego federal court following the discovery of a massive cache of drugs, cash and ammunitions stockpiled at an Otay Mesa truck yard, the U.S. attorney’s office said. The cumulative seizure — $3.5 million in cash, 685 kilograms of cocaine, 24 kilograms of fentanyl, about 20,000 rounds of .50-caliber ammunition and hundreds of body armor vests — is believed to be the largest of its kind in the Southern District of California, federal prosecutors said. 

Tags: Border and Migration Politics, Drug Seizures, Narcotrafficking, Organized Crime, U.S. Policy

April 13, 2020

  • Former Border Patrol chief Victor Manjarrez says that the international travel restrictions have resulted in large drug seizures at the ports of entry due to CBP’s ability to perform more comprehensive inspections. Now the associate director at the Center for Law and Human Behavior at the University of Texas, Manjarrez notes that smugglers are reverting to more dangerous methods like sending drug mules across the desert or the Rio Grande.

Tags: Counternarcotics, Drug Seizures

January 10, 2020

  • CBP reports reduced December apprehensions of migrants. Numbers of unaccompanied minors and families apprehended between October-December 2019 are down 37% and 64% respectively from the same period in 2018. The Laredo and Tucson sectors saw increases in unaccompanied minors and families, with most coming from Guatemala and Honduras. The number of single adults detained increased by 3% over November, with apprehensions increasing in the Laredo, Del Rio, and El Paso sectors, the majority originating from Mexico. CBP also notes a 5% increase in drug smuggling, intercepting 93,000 pounds of undifferentiated drugs “nationwide” in December.

Tags: Apprehensions, Drug Seizures, Statistics