Apprehensions by U.S. Border Patrol El Centro sector agents were down 34 percent last month, compared to March 2000.
In figures released Monday by the Border Patrol, agents apprehended 21,817 suspected undocumented immigrants last month, compared to 33,302 apprehensions in the same month last year.
Total apprehensions for 2001 so far are also down from the same period last year, 93,898 from 119,975, or a 22 percent decrease.
Agents made 10 narcotics seizures in March, all of which occurred in the border area. The seizures totaled 572.33 pounds, or $457,931.85 in value, the Border Patrol stated.