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Narcotics Seizures at Border Doubled in February

Narcotics seizures at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry  doubled in February,  compared with the previous month, authorities reported  today.

Federal agents stopped more than 6,000 pounds of heroin, cocaine,  marijuana and methamphetamine from entering the country through the southern  San Diego checkpoint last month, according to U.S. Customs and Border  Protection.

In January, a total of 2,859 pounds of illegal drugs were confiscated at  the inspection station.

Several factors, including "rigorous enforcement" on the part of the  Border Patrol and CBP air and marine personnel, likely account for the change,  said Bruce Ward, assistant director for the port's passenger facility.

While we can't pinpoint the exact reason for the recent increase, I do  know that we have many new officers here who are now entering their second  year of service and hitting their stride," Ward said.

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