2008 CBP Office of Public
Dec. 31, 2008
CBP Office of Public Affairs
CBP Lists Top 10 Enforcement Events of 2008
is the largest and most complex organization within the U.S. Department of
Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of
“The examples cited here are just a small
sample of the many ways we enforce hundreds of anti-terrorism, trade,
immigration and other
Top 10 CBP enforcement events of 2008
CBP officers throughout the
While protecting our nation is Job #1 for CBP officers and agents, it might come as a surprise that CBP personnel—many trained as Emergency Medical Technicians—regularly come to the aid of individuals in physical distress. This is one of four examples of CBP personnel delivering a baby in 2008.
Enforcing hundreds of trade laws involves targeting and identifying trade violations from thousands of containers arriving daily at our seaports. This makes the list as one of the largest in a string of multi-million dollar counterfeit merchandise seizures. In fiscal year 2008 more than 19,000 trade enforcement seizures valued at $351 million were initiated. As part of these 19,000 seizures, violations of intellectual property rights (IPR) also totaled 14,700 seizures in FY 2008 with a domestic value of more than $267 million, exceeding the 13,600 seizures valued at $197 million from FY 2007.
7. CBP Air and Marine Instrumental in Seizures of
$80 Million Worth of Cocaine in Two Seizures Totaling More Than 4 Tons of
Air Interdiction Agents regularly engage drug smugglers on the open ocean. This
interdiction makes the list for being the largest interdiction at sea in 2008.
CBP Air and Marine seized more than 363,000
pounds of marijuana and cocaine and $21 million during more than 90,000 flight
hours flown this year. Included in these figures, air interdiction operations
accounted for the disruption and seizure of approximately 39,000 pounds of
cocaine from self-propelled semi submersibles intercepted in the Eastern Pacific
Patrol Agents Arrest MS-13 Gang Member
CBP officers and agents apprehend thousands of dangerous criminals and individuals with outstanding wants and warrants every year. This arrest makes the list for being among the one of the most dangerous in 2008. In fiscal year 2008, CBP apprehended more than 200 people with serious criminal records including for murder, rape, and child molestation.
5. CBP Discovers 3 Foreign Species Seen For the
First Time in
Keeping foreign pests from wreaking havoc on our agriculture industries is part of the “Day in the Life” of CBP agriculture specialists. This makes the list as one example out of a number of “first” species of foreign insects and plant diseases intercepted this year that could have had untold consequences on our crops or indigenous plant species. In fiscal year 2008, CBP Agriculture specialists made 1.5 million agricultural interceptions (meats and plants that are prohibited entry into the
Seizes 29 Heroin-Filled Pellets from Carrier’s Digestive
Internal carriers risk their lives to try and smuggle narcotics into the country. This example makes the list as being one of the most dangerous kinds of drug-smuggling attempts thwarted by our officers and agents.
3. CBP Not Monkeying Around with Prohibited
Travelers often bring fruits, meats and other food products from their native countries that are considered delicacies abroad, but that may be unintentional carriers of foreign pests or plant diseases. This example wins the day as one of the most unique CBP interceptions of the year.
2. 160 Arrested, Prosecuted for Passport Fraud at California Border Ports
CBP officers are trained in identifying fraudulent
documents and imposters—individuals using legitimate documents to attempt to
illegally enter the
1. CBP Air
Intercepts Ultra-Light Aircraft, Seizes Smuggled Marijuana
A number of recent narcotics smuggling efforts involve the use of ultra-light aircraft, including this October attempt. CBP employs a variety of resources including technology, personnel and infrastructure to identify and interdict these attempts—most of which end badly for the smuggler, who is often killed or injured trying to land.
CBP’s “Day in the Life” statistics: http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/about/accomplish/fy08_typical_day.xml