Combating the Opioid Epidemic: Intercepting Illicit Opioids at Ports of Entry   [open pdf - 595KB]

"U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) plays a vital role in interdicting illicit narcotics before they can enter the United States. This role is particularly important given the rise of the opioid epidemic and the increasing use of fentanyl, which is overwhelmingly produced outside the United States. At the request of Ranking Member Claire McCaskill, the Democratic staff of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs examined the efforts of CBP officers to interdict illicit opioids entering the United States. The investigation found that CBP Officers at ports of entry (Port Officers) play a key role in stopping opioids and that CBP has significant shortages of Port Officers that may be compromising efforts to seize additional opioids before they can reach U.S. communities. Currently, CBP collects data and statistics on opioid seizures made by its two primary law enforcement components, the Office of Field Operations, which controls operations at ports of entry, and Border Patrol, which maintains security between ports of entry. This report summarizes and analyzes data relating to the number and amount of opioid seizures at ports of entry over the last five years."

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