U.S. Border Patrol agents seized more than 1,154,000 pounds of narcotics in the last nine months starting in October, according to a US Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection report submitted to the National Association of Chiefs of Police.

During the same period that began October 1, agents also made 901,428 apprehensions, a slight increase over the 890,358 apprehended during the same period last year.

Border Patrol agents seized over 1.1 million pounds of marijuana, nearly 8,000 pounds of cocaine and 157 pounds of heroin. The combined value of the narcotics is almost $1.2 billion, according to CBP officials.

Agents in the Tucson, Arizona Sector accounted for nearly 46 percent of the total marijuana seizures with more than 1,750 seizures weighing in at more than 522,796 pounds.

CBP official say that the Border Patrol continues to enhance border security by innovative programs such as the Secure Border Initiative, which will increase border security effectiveness through the right mix of personnel, infrastructure, technology and rapid response capability. These enhancements allow frontline agents to be more effective in preventing terrorists, criminals, and the illegal entry of aliens.

While apprehensions this fiscal year edged up 1 percent when compared to fiscal year 2005, the number of other-than-Mexican alien apprehensions dropped nearly 20 percent. Other-than-Mexican apprehensions totaled 89,059 this year, according to the CBP.

”’Jim Kouri, CPP, is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he’s a staff writer for the New Media Alliance (thenma.org). He’s former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He’s also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He’s a news writer for TheConservativeVoice.Com. He’s also a columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he’s syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. He’s appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com. Kouri’s own Web site is located at”’ http://jimkouri.us

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