SEATTLE – A 20 year-old man from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada was taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Seattle-Tacoma Airport last Wednesday when he arrived in the United States aboard an Air Emirates flight from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Samir Mokhtar was taken into custody after a name check of the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database by CBP officers resulted in the discovery of an active warrant in Vancouver for manslaughter using a firearm.
Mokhtar was held overnight in the Northwest Detention Center before being transported to Blaine, Washington, the following day and turned over to Canadian authorities.
“CBP officers at Sea-Tac International Airport are continuously on alert, monitoring the arrival of any persons that may be fugitives from justice,” said Area Port Director Mark Wilkerson. “Our endeavors, in coordination with other law enforcement agencies, is a major role in helping to keep communities safe.”
NCIC is a centralized automated data base designed to share information among law enforcement agencies including outstanding warrants for a wide range of offenses. CBP officers at Sea-Tac have made numerous previous arrests of individuals wanted for a wide range of offenses from local misdemeanors to felonies.
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.