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Ports of entry across the United States have 4,000 Port Officers less than the number needed to staff all ports of entry. Ports of entry in the San Diego and Tucson areas, which together accounted for 57% of all opioid seizures by Port Officers between 2016 and 2017, have required CBP to assign temporary staff details to fulfill staffing needs at those locations. The practice of temporary details has become so systemic over the past two fiscal years that CBP has named it “Operation Overflow.”
Combating the Opioid Epidemic: Intercepting Illicit Opioids at Ports of Entry (Washington: Senate Committee on Homeland Security Democrats, May 10, 2018): 2 <https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Combating%20the%20Opioid%20Epidemic%20-%20Intercepting%20Illicit%20Opioids%20at%20Ports%20of%20Entry%20-%20Final.pdf>.