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The patch and badge of a Customs and Border Protection officer. Courtesy of the CBP

Customs and Border Protection officers at ports of entry in San Diego and Imperial counties report seizing close to 45,000 pounds of narcotics — worth more than $200 million –since October.

Among the thousands of inspections conducted daily, CBP officers have intercepted smuggling attempts involving marijuana, heroin, cocaine, fentanyl and methamphetamine.  Total seizures include nearly 4,000 pounds of marijuana, 4,290 pounds of cocaine, 970 pounds of heroin, 33,580 pounds of methamphetamine and approximately 2,180 pounds of fentanyl.

“These are some impressive stats, particularly the large increase in fentanyl. In the entire fiscal year 2020, we seized a total of 2,386 pounds of fentanyl.  We’ve almost seized that amount in four months this fiscal year,” said Anne Maricich, acting director of field operations for CBP in San Diego. 

The increased seizures come despite the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on non-essential travel across the border.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.