BLAINE, Wash. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations at the Peace Arch Port of Entry, detained a 24-year-old Bellingham man after a National Crime Information Center (NCIC) warrant revealed he had a protection order filed against him. The protected person was not present in the vehicle.
During a secondary inspection, officers discovered the man had an active arrest warrant for domestic violence charges. The Bellingham Police Department confirmed the warrant and a Whatcom County Sheriff’s deputy came to the border and took custody of the man.
“CBP officers remain diligent in their efforts to intercept wanted individuals before they can do further harm to someone,” said Area Port Director Kenneth Williams. “This young man is off the streets for now and will face the charges against him.”
The man was taken to the Whatcom County Jail where he awaits trial.
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 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.