BLAINE, Wash. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers at the Peace Arch Port of Entry took a 29-year-old man into custody Sunday night when an outstanding National Crime Information Center (NCIC) warrant out of Mountain View, California, was found during a routine name check.
The man, a citizen of India and a U.S. lawful permanent resident was a positive match to a warrant out of California for failure to appear on dangerous drug charges. After the warrant was confirmed with the Mountain View Police Department, the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office was contacted to transport him to the Whatcom County Jail to await extradition.
“CBP remains vigilant in intercepting those travelers who have avoided prosecution for crimes committed in their home states,” said Area Port Director Kenneth Williams. “Our officers do an outstanding job finding these criminals and getting them back into custody.”
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.