Significant Increase in U. S. Border Patrol Drug Seizures

The United States Customs and Border Protection (“border patrol”) announced that they have seized a significantly greater amount of drugs in fiscal 2009 (three-fourths of the way into the fiscal year). Specifically, the border patrol seized approximately 3.3 million pounds of illegal drugs which is a 64% increase from 2008. Marijuana is still the drug that is seized the most by the border patrol at 2.6 million pounds. In addition to the marijuana, 60,411 pounds of cocaine, 4,384 pounds of methamphetamine and 1,463 pounds of heroin were seized by the border patrol. Along with the illegal drugs, $43.9 million in currency and 772 firearms were seized by the border patrol.

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