Drug Seizures Increase as Immigrant Apprehensions Drop

Narcotics seizures on the country’s borders increased by 20 percent during the 2011 fiscal year, with Texas ports seeing more contraband than the other three border states.

In all, about 1.5 million pounds of narcotics were seized here, compared with 1.2 million pounds in Arizona, about 332,130 pounds in California, and 55,260 pounds in New Mexico, according to year-end statistics released today by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Meanwhile, apprehensions of illegal immigrants fell to their lowest levels in decades, the data shows. About 340,250 illegal immigrants were apprehended nationwide last fiscal year, compared ...

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