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Busy 24 Hours for CBP, Protecting New England

Release Date: 
February 23, 2018

Multiple Arrests Made for Illicit Narcotics, Active Warrant in Maine and Boston

NEW ENGLAND – In the last 24 hours, multiple enforcement actions were adjudicated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers in New England, Boston Field Office, including the arrest of two subjects in possession of multiple illicit narcotics in Houlton, Maine, and one outbound traveler at Logan International Airport with an active warrant for heroin possession.

CBP Officers in Houlton, Maine arrest border crossers with heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine.
CBP Officers in Houlton, Maine arrest
border crossers with heroin, cocaine
and crack cocaine.

“The hard work, dedication to the mission and vigilance of our CBP Officers resulted in these seizures and arrests across New England,” said Director of Field Operations William Ferrara. “Preventing the illegal importation of narcotics and apprehending those fleeing from the law are critical in protecting the public and keeping our communities safe.”

At the Port of Houlton, two 42-year old males, both U.S. citizens, were encountered by officers and referred for a secondary exam. The inspection, which included a K-9 search of the vehicle, led to the discovery of three bags containing 61.5 grams of hero

in, 29 grams of cocaine, 29.5 grams of crack cocaine, trace amounts of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Law enforcement database checks revealed both subjects had extensive criminal records.

The contraband was seized, and both subjects were arrested and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation and prosecution.

At Boston Logan International Airport, CBP Officers working outbound operations intercepted a 27-year-old, male, U.S. citizen traveler with an active extraditable warrant. The subject, who was scheduled to depart to France and destined to Beirut, Lebanon, was wanted in New Hampshire for heroin possession. During an inspection of his baggage, six grams of marijuana and one gram of concentrated cannabis was discovered.

The drugs were seized and the subject was taken into custody by CBP and turned over to the Massachusetts State Police.

Criminal charges are merely allegations. Defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Almost a million times each day, CBP officers welcome international travelers into the U.S. In screening both foreign visitors and returning U.S. citizens, CBP uses a variety of techniques to intercept narcotics, unreported currency, weapons, prohibited agriculture, and other illicit products, and to assure that global tourism remains safe and strong.

On a typical day, CBP arrested 21 wanted criminals at U.S. ports of entry and seized 5,863 pounds of narcotics along our nation’s borders during 2017. Learn more about what CBP did during "A Typical Day" in 2017.

CBP's border security mission is led at ports of entry by CBP Officers from the Office of Field Operations. Please visit CBP Ports of Entry to learn more about how CBP’s Office of Field Operations secures our nation’s borders.

Last modified: 
February 26, 2018