Hannah, N.D. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Seattle Field Office Director Michele James has announced the selection of Ricardo Perez as CBP port director for Hannah, N.D.
Port Director Perez began his CBP career in 2003 as an officer at the port of Maida, N.D. Before joining CBP he held various positions within law enforcement beginning in 1986. Port Director Perez worked as a police officer and detective for the Crystal City Police Department (Texas), as a police officer in Grafton, N.D., and as a North Dakota State Trooper.
"Based on his qualifications and leadership skills, I am confident that Port Director Perez possesses the abilities required to perform the duties of port director in Hannah, North Dakota," said Area Port Director Mary Delaquis.
As Hannah port director, Perez will be responsible for carrying out CBP's mission in the fight against terrorism, interdiction of narcotic threats, apprehension of criminal aliens, interception of pests and plant diseases harmful to domestic agriculture, and the seizure of illegal importations/exportations contrary to law and trade agreements. He will supervise five front-line federal officers and provide management oversight for all CBP operations at the port of entry.
The Hannah port of entry is one of 67 ports of entry within the CBP Seattle Field Office, stretching from the Pacific Ocean across the states of Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota and Minnesota to Grand Portage on Lake Superior. During fiscal year 2011, more than 1.2 million commercial trucks, 3.2 million cargo containers, 10 million automobiles, 14,083 trains, 23,185 international aircraft and 30,790 vessels, ferries and pleasure craft arrived at these ports.
More than 23.4 million travelers were welcomed to the United States during fiscal year 2011 (October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2011) by the 1,440 officers and 120 agriculture specialists of CBP assigned to the Seattle Field Office. Among those travelers, CBP discovered $3.2 million in unreported currency, seized more than 404 pounds of illegal drugs and more than 115,000 prohibited plant and animal products, and made 1,613 arrests.
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.