BLAINE, Wash. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Peace Arch Port of Entry detained a 70-year-old Ronan, Montana, man Wednesday when a name check revealed he was the subject of a National Crime Information Center (NCIC) warrant out of Lake County, Montana, on assault with a weapon charges. Later the same day, in an unrelated event, officers detained a 48-year old Denver, Colorado, man when a name check revealed he was the subject of an NCIC warrant out of Tumwater, Washington, on charges of escape community custody in Tacoma and assault.
The warrant for assault with a weapon was issued by Lake County Sheriff’s Office in Polson, Montana. The warrant for escape community custody and assault was issued by Washington Department of Corrections. After each warrant was confirmed, the men were separately transported to the Whatcom County Jail by Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office pending extradition.
“Our officers’ vigilance in keeping our communities safe includes the apprehension of felons with outstanding warrants, especially those who have escaped custody,” said Area Port Director Kenneth L. Williams. “The work we do is vital to protecting our communities and those within them. I am proud of the work our officers do on a daily basis.”
NCIC is a centralized automated database designed to share information among law enforcement agencies including outstanding warrants for a wide range of offenses. Based on information from NCIC, CBP officers have made previous arrests of individuals wanted for homicide, escape, money laundering, robbery, narcotics distribution, sexual child abuse, fraud, larceny, and military desertion.
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.