Since U.S. Customs and Border Protection restricted non-essential travel on March, 21 across our Northern and Southern borders in response to the global pandemic of COVID-19, agents have seized nearly 3,000 pounds of drugs and “various firearms,” a Tuesday press release stated.
“The state of the global health environment and the influence on national security is dynamic in nature, yet the vigilance, service and integrity of our officers remains unchanged,” said Christopher Perry, Director of Field Operations. “In light of these challenges, the men and women of CBP continue to hold the line against those wishing to exploit the current circumstances to bring contraband into the U.S.”
CBP in Michigan intercepted and seized 2,856 pounds of marijuana, 87 pounds of cocaine, 12 pounds of fentanyl, and 12 guns between March, 21 to May, 16, according to CBP.
The ban on non-essential travel, however, is loose, according to officers who’ve spoken with Sara A. Carter. Patricia Cramer, who is President of the Arizona chapter of the National Treasury Employee Union [NTEU] representing U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers and Agriculture Specialists at the Arizona Port of Entries, told The Sara Carter Show last month that non-essential traffic was continuing and blamed senior officials at the Department of Homeland Security for ignoring their pleas as hundreds of officers fell ill with the coronavirus.
“If anyone was to come down to the U.S. Mexico border they would never think there was a pandemic going on,” said Cramer. “You would think life is just normal. And unfortunately, it’s a lot of U.S. citizens and green card holders that are going back and forth into Mexico you know to get tacos, to get haircuts, to go to nail salons, to go to vet appointments – I mean nonessential stuff.”