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BP apprehensions plummet 34%

April 03, 2001|By KELLY GRANT, Staff Writer

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.

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Six of those were marijuana seizures, accounting for nearly all the drugs confiscated. Four seizures of other narcotics accounted for $71.85 of the total value of the seizures. There were no cocaine or heroin seizures in March.

In February of this year, agents confiscated fewer pounds of drugs in fewer seizures, though the value was significantly higher.

In five seizures in February, agents confiscated 121.95 pounds of cocaine worth $3,902,400 and 396.67 pounds of marijuana worth $317,337.50. the Border Patrol stated.

In the year to date, agents have seized 8,443.16 pounds of narcotics worth $10,567,450.18, the agency stated.

Staff Writer Kelly Grant can be reached at 337-3441.

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