Border patrol agents seize $20 million in narcotics in two weeks

Agents busted over 70 smuggling trips in the first half of March to prevent the narcotics from reaching their destination.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently announced that it seized over $20 million worth of narcotics in just the first two months of March. 

The seizure took place near the border between California and Mexico. 


By the numbers: Border officers working at the San Diego Field Office seized 131 pounds of cocaine, 11 pounds of heroin, 10,967 pounds of methamphetamine and 213 pounds of fentanyl. 

  • Those seizures came in 73 separate smuggling attempts from March 1 to March 17. 
  • The total value of the narcotics comes in at $20.6 million. 

What they’re saying: “Narcotics smuggling continues to be on the rise, and our officers are dedicated to ensuring the safety of our communities,” said Sidney Aki, CBP Director of Field Operations for San Diego. “Our officers are effectively trained to stay alert for any suspicious activities and to detect unusual travel patterns.” 

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