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CBP seizes $7.2M and hundreds of pounds of drugs in 2019 at Michigan ports of entry

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Posted at 1:05 PM, Jan 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-29 22:20:48-05

(WXYZ) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced they seized millions of dollars, dozens of firearms and hundreds of pounds of drugs in 2019.

In a press conference on Wednesday, CBP said they inspected over 17,000 passenger cars, 6,500 commercial vehicles, 29 commercial aircraft and 15 cargo trains on a daily basis coming from Canada.

On top of that, 50 officers were deployed to the U.S. southern border in 2019.

CBP said the Detroit office led the nation in interceptions of unreported currency and biologic specimens.

In all in 2019, the Detroit field office seized more than $7.8 million.

“During this challenging year our officers assigned around the Detroit field office worked countless hours to safeguard the American homeland at and beyond our nation’s borders,” said Christopher Perry, Director of Field Operations for CBP in Detroit. “Our officers steadfastly enforced the laws of the United States while fostering our nation’s economic security through lawful international trade and travel which is vital to Michigan and the great lakes region.”

At Michigan's five ports of entry with Canada, CBP seized 495 pounds of marijuana, 10 pounds of Fentanyl, 600 pounds of cocaine and 13 pounds of meth.

It resulted in arrests of 549 people and the seizure of 62 firearms.

On top of that, they intercepted over 2,043 pests, preventing the entry of potentially destructive plant and animal terrors, which were either sent back, treated or destoryed.

The Detroit Field Office led the nation in unreported currency violations, with over 7.8 million dollars seized.

The total amount of narcotics seized during the year at Michigan’s 5 ports of entry with Canada included, 495 pounds of marijuana; 10 pounds of Fentanyl, enough dosage to kill 1.5 million people; 600 pounds of cocaine; and 13 pounds of methamphetamine.