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14,300 Illegal Border Crossings In Tucson Sector In One Week

November 25, 2023

By Daniel Stefanski |

The Tucson Border Sector continues to be a hotspot for illegal immigration.

This past week, the U.S. Border Patrol Chief Patrol Agent for the Tucson Border Sector, John R. Modlin, posted his weekly review of stats, showing the efforts of the men and women working under him.

Chief Modlin highlighted the following from his border sector that week:

  • 14,300 Apprehensions
  • 300 lbs of Fentanyl
  • 183 Federal Criminal Cases
  • 33 Rescues
  • 15 Human Smuggling Events
  • 7 Narcotics Events
  • 2 Firearms Seized

The Tucson Border Sector continues to be one of the nation’s busiest regions, keeping agents on their toes as they seek to restore some semblance of order on the ground. In the first month of Fiscal Year 2024, October, this sector reported over 55,000 encounters of illegal immigrants, which was a 140.8% increase over the previous year’s numbers that month (22,938). Tucson Sector Officials recorded almost 374,000 arrests during the recently completed fiscal year.

These numbers, already significantly high for a sliver of the U.S.-Mexico border, do not represent the number of ‘gotaways’ escaping detection and making their way around the interior of America’s homeland. Nor do these figures fill in another major gap of the border crisis, which is the rampant drug smuggling that occurs all throughout the border – but especially in the Tucson sector. Drug cartels and smugglers occupy the time of border agents with thousands of arrests per day, while running drugs and ‘gotaways’ through other unmanned corridors. These dangerous factors of the porous border continue to haunt law enforcement at all levels as they attempt to do everything they can to protect innocent men, women, and children from harm.

Daniel Stefanski is a reporter for AZ Free News. You can send him news tips using this link.

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