BLAINE, Wash. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations at the Sumas Port of Entry detained a 49-year-old Canadian woman on Jan. 13.
She told officers her intent was to travel to Bellingham and catch the Greyhound bus to Yakima for a family visit. Routine queries found four active misdemeanor warrants in Washington. They all involved theft/shoplifting.
After confirmation on three of the four warrants, Sumas Police were contacted to take custody of the woman and transport her to the Whatcom County Jail. Before the transfer took place a pat down was conducted which revealed a hidden straw on her body. She advised officers the straw had been used to consume narcotics. No residue was available for testing.
“Hopefully, her shoplifting days are over,” said Sumas Area Port Director Jose Rene Ortega. “Sumas officers do an outstanding job of taking wanted people off the street, so they can face the charges against them.”
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.