DETROIT — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel operating at the multiple ports of entry throughout Michigan had another unprecedented year, with a nearly 2,800% increase in seized marijuana from Fiscal Year 2019 and a 650% increase in seized ammunition amid public health concerns and restricted travel conditions related to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
“In Fiscal Year 2021 the men and women of CBP continued to work through some of the most adverse conditions that we have ever asked them to work through, especially here in Detroit,” said Christopher Perry, Director of Field Operations for CBP in Detroit. “Every day, the men and women of the Detroit Field Office put themselves and their families at risk during everyday encounters with the public to ensure our border security mission is a success. I cannot thank them enough for everything they did in 2021 and today’s enforcement statistics announcement is a testament of their commitment, professionalism, and promise to the American people to secure the United States of America.”
The Detroit Field Office includes the Ambassador Bridge and Detroit Windsor Tunnel, the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron, the International Bridge in Sault Ste. Marie, and Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
Detroit Field Office Fiscal Year 2021 Enforcement Stats
Drug Seizures ~
Drug enforcement operations at Michigan’s five ports of entry continue to stem the flow of illicit narcotics across the border and netted the following totals:
- Marijuana 14,324 pounds
- Cocaine 240 pounds
- Methamphetamine 25.5 pounds
- Fentanyl 2.8 pounds
A total of 181 firearms were seized – along with 40,000 rounds of ammunition which is a 650% increase from Fiscal Year 2021 .
Undeclared Currency ~
The amount of undeclared currency seized rose 30% from FY20 to a total of $5.6 million.
A total of 181 individuals were arrested in Fiscal Year 2021 for reasons to include: narcotics smuggling, human smuggling, firearms violations, and fraud.
Trade Stats ~
In Fiscal Year 2021 the Detroit Field Office enhanced the nation’s economic prosperity by processing 2,300,000 commercial trucks which was a 9% increase from 2020. Detroit continues to be the second busiest truck crossing in the entire United States and continues to process approximately 20% of all commercial trucks entering the United States annually. The Detroit Field Office also continued to strengthen its ties with the trade community and international supply chains in 2021 which resulted in a 12% increase of international trade entering the United States via ports of entry in Michigan worth $138 billion.
Agriculture Stats/Seizure – Securing American Agriculture
In Fiscal Year 2021, Detroit Field Office CBP agriculture specialists helped protect America’s agriculture, natural resources, and economic prosperity, intercepting 1,253 pests from entering the United States
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