SUMAS, Wash. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations at the Sumas Port of Entry took into custody a man wanted for alleged possession of a controlled substance. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) refused admission to Frank Alvarez Jr., an American, and two other American travel companions who were attempting to travel through Canada to Alaska. All three travelers were returned to the Sumas Port of Entry on December 23.
When Alvarez was returned to CBP, a name check revealed he was the subject of a National Crime Information Center (NCIC) warrant for dangerous drugs. The warrant was issued by the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office in Redding, California.
“This arrest typifies the close and professional working relationship between CBP and CBSA,” said Acting Area Port Director Kenneth L. Williams. “Apprehending felons with outstanding warrants is a critical element of our border security efforts. Our partnership ensures we keep our nations protected.”
NCIC is a centralized automated database designed to share information among law enforcement agencies including outstanding warrants for a wide range of offenses. 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, based on information from NCIC.
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.