BUFFALO, N.Y. –U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Peace Bridge arrested a man wanted on two felony warrants and found in possession of $500 in counterfeit currency.
CBP officers at Peace Bridge encountered Richard Smith, a 60-year old male U.S. citizen, after he made a U-turn on March 29. Smith then entered the NEXUS lane, was not in possession of valid identification, and verbally gave the CBP primary inspection officer a false name and birth date. The officer referred Smith for further examination.
Smith’s fingerprints were taken in secondary inspection, revealing his true name and that he was wanted on two felony warrants – a federal warrant for a felon in possession of a weapon, and a warrant from Cuyahoga County, Ohio, for larceny.
During the vehicle search, CBP officers also discovered $500 in counterfeit U.S. currency, and copies of currency on paper.
Smith was arrested on the outstanding warrants and turned over to the U.S. Marshal’s Service. CBP officers seized the counterfeit currency.
“Our officer’s vigilance led to the arrest of this wanted individual” said Acting Port Director Cary Frieling. “Our officers are the first line of defense and do an outstanding job of protecting our borders and our communities. Their actions ensured that this wanted felon will face justice.”
In fiscal year 2016, CBP officers in the Buffalo Field Office made 477 arrests, a 15% increase from the previous fiscal year.
Please see CBP Enforcement Statistics for CBP’s current summary of enforcement statistics.
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.