Marijuana accounts for over 99% of all border drug seizures

El Paso Mexico Border

According to an analysis by Center for Investigative Reporting, the U.S. Border Patrol seized over 13 million pounds of marijuana from 2005 to 2011, with 2009 being the peak point at nearly 2.7 million pounds. However, a report by U.S. Customs and Border Protection lists the amount of cannabis seized in 2009 at 4,330,475 pounds.

In 2011, the federal agency hauled in over 1.9 million pounds of marijuana, which accounted for 99.5 percent of Border Patrol drug seizures by weight at the U.S.-Mexico border that year.

Rio Grande led in total marijuana seizures for Texas in 2013 with 797,249 pounds, followed by Laredo at 194,317 and El Paso with 66,940. Del Rio and Big Bend each roughly netted about 25,000 pounds of cannabis.

In all, 2,430,123 pounds of marijuana were seized in 2013 according to a U.S. Border Patrol report. About half of that was in Texas.

Cocaine was the next largest seizure amount at 72,000 pounds from 2005 to 2011, 17 percent of all total drug seizures. Following that was 4,700 pounds of methamphetamine and 327 and a half pounds of heroin.

The U.S. Border Patrol seized 5,100 pounds of drugs besides marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine from 2005 to 2011. “Other” drugs include pills, LSD, Ecstasy, hashish and more. Of that, over 1,500 pounds were seized in Texas, the median bust being about half an ounce.

By: Stephen Carter
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