BLAINE, Wash. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers at the Peace Arch Port of Entry took a 62-year-old woman into custody when an outstanding National Crime Information Center warrant out of Las Vegas, Nev., was found during a routine name check.
The woman, a citizen of China and a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident, wrote $66,475 in checks with insufficient funds. After the warrant was confirmed, the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office was contacted to transport the woman to the Whatcom County Jail to await extradition.
“This arrest demonstrates the vigilance of our frontline officers in safeguarding our borders, keeping our communities safe and in protecting our way of life”, said Area Port Director Kenneth Williams. “Although this crime did not physically harm anyone, many establishments were defrauded”.
NCIC is a centralized automated database designed to share information among law enforcement agencies including outstanding warrants for a wide range of offenses. Based on information from NCIC, CBP officers on the U.S./Canadian border have made previous arrests of individuals wanted for homicide, escape, money laundering, robbery, narcotics distribution, sexual child abuse, fraud, larceny, and military desertion.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.