ALEXANDRIA BAY, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Alexandria Bay Port of Entry arrested a Haitian citizen on a weapons charge after a gun was discovered in his vehicle on Friday. In a separate encounter the same day, another U.S. citizen crossing the border was arrested on an outstanding Virginia warrant for forgery.
Canadian authorities notified CBP officers at Alexandria Bay Port of Entry that they were returning a Haitian citizen and U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident to Alexandria Bay, after the subject was found in possession of a handgun in his vehicle. CBP officers took custody of the subject and weapon and contacted New York State Police. Investigation revealed the subject lacked the necessary New York permit to possess the weapon. The subject was arrested and charged by New York State Police.
In another encounter, also involving coordination with Canadian authorities, CBP officers confirmed an active Virginia arrest warrant for forgery on a U.S. citizen who had attempted to enter Canada. The warrant and extradition to Virginia were confirmed, and the subject was taken into custody by New York State Police.
“Our officers have an excellent relationship with law enforcement partners on both sides of the border,” said Port Director Timothy Walker. “We rely on these partnerships to enforce many different laws and contribute to efforts to keep our communities safe.”
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.