Operation Stonegarden takes aim at illegal human and drug trafficking

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Abandoned boats filled with drugs or people have washed up on San Diego shores time and time again. Taking aim at this growing problem is Operation Stonegarden.

Operation Stonegarden is a program that supports enhanced cooperation and coordination among Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Border Patrol, and local, Tribal, territorial, state and Federal law enforcement agencies. It brings together 17 state and local law enforcement entities into a unified team to combat border crime along the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego County.

OPSG funds investments in joint efforts to secure the U.S. borders along routes of entrance from international borders. This includes travel corridors in states bordering Mexico and Canada, as well as states and territories with international water borders.

Funded by FEMA, the program began in 2006 and has since stopped millions of pounds of drugs from making their way into American neighborhoods.

For the San Diego Sector from September 2016 through August 2019, OPSG brought in:

  • US Currency: $2,764,242
  • Marijuana: 9,040.58 lbs
  • Methamphetamine: 1,250.11 lbs
  • Cocaine: 668.81 lbs
  • Heroin: 170.39 lbs
  • Fentanyl: 15.48 lbs

The latest numbers show that illegal drug abuse costs taxpayers $181 billion a year. The fiscal year budget for Stonegarden in 2018 was $85 million.

 

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