Alexandria Bay, N.Y. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Field Operations announced the arrest of a United States citizen who was wanted for possession of sexual exploitation of minors.
On April 19, CBP Officers working at the Alexandria Bay Bridge encountered 52-year-old Merle Shamblin, a United States citizen from Bunnell, Fla. Shamblin was traveling in a commercial truck that was denied entry into Canada and returned to the United States due to Shamblin being wanted.
Upon his arrival at the Port of Alexandria Bay, CBP officers verified the validity of the warrant and confirmed extradition to Florida. Shamblin was wanted for 40 separate acts of sexual exploitation of minors out of Flagler County, Fla. Shamblin was arrested by CBP and turned over to the custody of the New York State Troopers pending extradition.
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.