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 and Mexican authorities to explain drug flows.

US-Mexico Border Seizures

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. These interactive maps reveal the different patterns of drug flows over time across these sectors, as well as Mexico’s six northern border states, giving a more granular look at where the movement of specific drugs is concentrated.

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

Mexico - Yearly Drug Seizures in Mexico's Northern Border States

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Nationwide Seizures

Nationwide drug seizures in both the United States and Mexico have experienced notable changes in recent years, from the fall of plant-based drugs like marijuana and heroin to the rise of powerful synthetic drugs like fentanyl and methamphetamine.

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 total amount of drugs seized by Mexico’s National Guard, SEDENA and SEMAR nationwide. While seizures of marijuana and heroin have dropped sharply, authorities continue to seize large volumes of cocaine and synthetic drugs. See seizure totals for each drug by using the boxes.

Mexico - Drug Seizures Nationwide

Drug trafficking in Mexico has undergone significant shifts in recent years, and monthly seizure data helps illuminate some of these trends. Marijuana seizures, for example, have been cut in half in the last few years, while seizures of synthetic drugs like methamphetamine and fentanyl have increased substantially. See monthly seizure totals for each drug by clicking on the boxes.
This chart shows the total amount of drugs seized by Mexico’s National Guard, SEDENA and SEMAR nationwide. While seizures of marijuana and heroin have dropped sharply, authorities continue to seize large volumes of cocaine and synthetic drugs. See seizure totals for each drug by using the boxes.