US-Mexico Data Dashboard

Want to know what illegal drugs are coming into the United States and where they are crossing the border? InSight Crime has compiled years of seizure data from US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to explain drug flows.

Want to know what illegal drugs are coming into the United States and where they are crossing the border? InSight Crime has compiled years of seizure data from US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to explain drug flows.

Seizures

CBP Drug Seizures by Sector Along Southwest Border (Fiscal Year)

In recent years, much attention has been focused on stopping drug smuggling across the US-Mexico border, which spans 2,000 miles and is divided into nine different sectors by CBP. This interactive map reveals the different patterns of drug flows over time across these sectors, giving a more granular look at where the movement of specific drugs is concentrated.

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US Drug Seizures Nationwide

Each month, CBP provides monthly figures on its drug seizures nationwide, and this data is useful for uncovering smuggling trends. For example, fentanyl seizures tripled between May and June of 2020, jumping from 100 kilograms to more than 300. Since then, seizures have remained above 300 kilograms every month, reaching as high as 550 in October of last year. See monthly seizure totals for each drug by clicking on the boxes.
This chart shows the CBP’s yearly total of drug hauls nationwide, which is useful for deducing demand. For example, the total amount of marijuana seized has plunged over the past four years. Heroin, too, dropped by nearly half. But fentanyl has steadily climbed, and methamphetamine is on an upward trajectory. See seizure totals for each drug by using the boxes.