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    US customs seizes 76 tons narcotics, arrests 33,000 immigrants at CA. ports in 2014



    US customs seizes 76 tons narcotics, arrests 33,000 immigrants at California ports in FY 2014


    Reported by: `Customs Today Report January 27, 2015

    SAN DIEGO: US Customs and Border Protection officers conducting security operations at California’s ports of entry with Mexico performed more than 68 million inspections of travelers, seized more than 76 tons of illegal narcotics and apprehended more than 33,000 immigration violators during federal fiscal year 2014.

    CBP’s field office in San Diego manages the work of more than 2,000 front-line federal officers and agriculture specialists at passenger and commercial border crossings at San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, Tecate, Calexico, Andrade and the San Diego air and sea ports of entry.


    During the fiscal year, which ran from October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014, CBP officers at ports in San Diego and Imperial counties inspected almost 27 million private vehicles, more than 1 million trucks, slightly more than 100,000 buses and 7,000 flights, and more than 18 million pedestrians entering the U.S.


    The total amount of narcotics seized during the year at California’s six ports of entry with Mexico decreased 25 percent compared to the previous period. Marijuana seizures decreased 26 percent to 132,075 pounds; cocaine seizures decreased 44 percent to 4,869 pounds; heroin seizures decreased 2 percent to 1,677 pounds; and methamphetamine seizures increased 8 percent to 14,732 pounds.


    The focused enforcement efforts by California’s border ports accounted for 30 percent of the marijuana, 12 percent of the cocaine, 39 percent of the heroin and 63 percent of the methamphetamine seized at air, land, and sea ports of entry nationwide.


    Seizures of hidden and unreported currency heading out of the United States illegally decreased 7 percent to $7.09 million.


    The apprehension of individuals with outstanding felony warrants for such crimes as homicide, robbery and assault remained similar to last year’s numbers: 2,065 this fiscal year compared to 2,096 arrests during the same period last year.


    CBP agriculture specialists performed 8,156,279 agricultural inspections in the passenger environment and 66,519 inspections in the cargo environment. These inspections resulted in 73,098 seizures of prohibited plant materials, meat, or animal products and finding 719 cargo shipments that did not meet the U.S. entry requirements, causing the shipments to either be sent back, treated, or destroyed.


    At cargo processing facilities in Southern California, CBP personnel collected an estimated $224 million in duties, money which goes into the national treasury to fund government expenditures. CBP officers and import specialist processed merchandise, imported into the U.S., worth an estimated $42.8 billion.

    http://customstoday.com.pk/us-custom...ts-in-fy-2014/

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    Just imagine how much drugs and illegal aliens will get into America when they let the NAFTA trucks roll without inspection in 2015!

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    Just imagine how much drugs and illegal aliens will get into America when they let the NAFTA trucks roll without inspection in 2015!

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    Drive-through Scanners


    The Z Portal vehicle screening system, also made by AS&E, installed at the San Ysidro border crossing near San Diego, Calif. (Photo courtesy of Customs and Border Protection)

    Customs and Border Protection is installing 35 drive-through X-ray portals according to a company report posted on the government's website.

    A test system was installed at the San Ysidro border crossing in San Diego and portals will soon be deployed in El Paso and Laredo, Texas, and elsewhere on the Southwest border, according to contract documents obtained by the privacy group EPIC.

    The portals, made by AS&E, can scan cars, trucks and buses from the top and sides as their drivers pass through at 3 mph.


    The scanners' X-rays have to penetrate metal and glass. But according to Customs and the company, the radiation dose is equivalent to an airport body scan.


    The dose is low because Customs officers do not need as high a resolution to see bulk explosives or drugs as a TSA screener would need to see a tiny detonator or a razor blade, said Rez, the Arizona State physicist. He estimated the dose by analyzing the images with a computer program.


    The company says the portal is safe for everyday use. But Burke, the Customs spokeswoman, said it won't be used on every driver crossing the border -- only those who raise suspicion and require additional inspection. Passengers will be allowed to opt out and have a Customs officer drive it through the portal for them.



    The Z Backscatter Van, essentially a x-ray scanner on a truck, can scan while driving alongside a line of vehicles or while parked as they pass by. (Photo courtesy of the American Science & Engineering Inc.)

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