Homeland security chief Janet Napolitano is claiming early success for the Obama administration's border crackdown on southbound smuggling of firearms and drug proceeds to Mexican drug cartels, citing a threefold increase in weapons' seizures and a twofold increase in cash seizures, says the Houston Chronicle. She produced the score card three months into the administration's surge of at least 360 additional federal law enforcement personnel to the border with Mexico.
A spokeswoman said 9,886 southbound firearms were seized in the eight-month period that started Oct.1 – up from 3,250 seized over the same period last year. A total of $73.6 million in bulk cash drug proceeds was intercepted nationwide, up from $37.8 million. Of that amount, $26.5 million has been seized at southwest border ports of entry, up from $6.9 million the year before. Seizures of northbound drugs also have increased significantly – with 1.2 million kilos of illegal drugs intercepted over the past eight months compared to 872,601 kilos the year before. Napolitano said cross-border travelers would see “more southbound inspections” on both sides of the border.