CBP Enforcement Actions at Washington State Ports of Entry
BLAINE, WASH.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Seattle field office, announced the following enforcement actions at various land ports of entry along the U.S.-Canadian border for the week of May 5-10.
CBP officers at the Peace Arch port of entry apprehended a Seattle man, 53, for alleged possession of stolen property. The man was taken into custody when officers received a National Criminal Information Center (NCIC) alert that the vehicle he was driving, a 2011 Chevrolet Equinox, was reported stolen from Franklin Township, N.J.
An Edmonton, Alberta man was arrested when he walked into the lobby of the Peace Arch port of entry to see if he was admissible to the United States. Luis Gonzalez, 30, presented his identification along with two citations from 2011 issued by the local police department, in Blaine, Wash. CBP officers were able to determine that Gonzalez was now the subject of two local misdemeanor warrants. He was immediately taken into custody and turned him over to the Blaine Police Department.
Alexis Boudreau, 21, from Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada was taken into custody by CBP officers after he arrived at the Oroville port of entry as one of three passengers in a Mazda sports utility vehicle. The driver claimed that they had recently moved to British Columbia and had gotten lost in an attempt to locate a local beach on Osoyoos Lake. A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of a backpack claimed by Boudreau containing 597 pills of the illicit drug ecstasy. One other passenger was discovered to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana and was issued a criminal citation by the Washington State Patrol for being in possession under of the age of 21.
A citizen of Japan listing an address in Vancouver, British Columbia, was discovered by CBP officers to be in possession of multiple DVDs and a computer external hard drive which contained hundreds of pornographic photographs of children alluding to sexual activities. The subject was refused entry into the United States and turned over to Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) for investigation by authorities for violations of the Canadian Criminal Code.
NCIC is the abbreviation for National Crime Information Center, which is a centralized automated database designed to share information among law enforcement agencies. These warrants are for a wide range of offense including money laundering, robbery, narcotics distribution, sexual abuse of children, violation of protection orders, fraud, failure to appear, larceny and military desertion.
Ecstasy is the street name for the drug Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) and was classified as a Schedule I drug in 1985, meaning it is deemed to have no medical use and a high potential for abuse. Under a United Nations agreement it has also been criminalized in most countries in the world. The long term health effects from abuse of the drug are generally of concern to public health officials.
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.