Most U.S. Border Patrol Checkpoint Drug Seizures Target Americans With Small Amounts Of Marijuana, Federal Report Reveals

Most U.S. Border Patrol Checkpoint Drug Seizures Target Americans With Small Amounts Of Marijuana, Federal Report Reveals
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When it comes to U.S. Border Patrol drug seizures, many people probably assume agents are primarily targeting large shipments of illegal substances being smuggled by international cartels. But at checkpoints across the country, agents are mostly taking small amounts of marijuana from American citizens, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The office, which serves provides auditing and investigation services for Congress, analyzed Border Patrol data of 17,960 separate checkpoint seizure events from 2016 to 2020. “GAO found that most drug seizure events involved only U.S. citizens (91 percent), of which 75 percent involved the seizure of marijuana and no other drugs,” the report, which was published on Monday, says. Via GAO. The analysis of checkpoint data also found that, overall, 69 percent of marijuana seizures were for personal use amounts of less than an ounce. “About half of checkpoint events in which Border Patrol seized drugs from U.S. citizens (8,098 of 16,315) included the seizure of a personal use quantity of marijuana and no other drugs.” The report, some findings from which were earlier noted by Cannabis Wire, further found that Border Patrol agents “did not consistently document seizures of trace amounts of marijuana, such as marijuana residue found on paraphernalia.” According to agency guidance, trace cannabis should be classified differently than paraphernalia containing small bits of marijuana, but GAO found that “1,973 seized items containing trace amounts of marijuana” were “incorrectly documented.” Border Patrol: Actions Needed to Improve Checkpoint Oversight and Data https://t.co/0HX6R9r6sl — U.S. GAO (@USGAO) June 6, 2022 “Border Patrol headquarters officials told us that they typically focus their oversight of drug seizure data on relatively large seizures, such as marijuana seizures over 100 pounds on the southwest border,” the report says. “As a result, officials acknowledged that incorrect documentation of small…

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