Blaine, Wash. - U. S Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested a deserter from the United States Army at the Pacific Highway port of entry on March 10. Robert Lucus, 20, of San Diego, California was taken into custody by CBP officers upon his return into the United States after being refused entry into Canada by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA.) A check of his identification revealed that Lucus is the subject of a National Crime Information Center (NCIC) warrant for alleged desertion.
U. S. Army officials at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, where Lucus is stationed, verified his status as a deserter when they were contacted by CBP. Lucus was then turned over to the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office for extradition back to the custody of the Army.
"This arrest typifies the continuous and cooperative working relationship among the northern border law enforcement agencies in Washington and British Columbia," said Port Director Greg Alvarez. "CBP is proud of this bond with CBSA which helps us perform our security mission to protect the American homeland."
NCIC is a centralized automated database designed to share information among law enforcement agencies, including outstanding warrants for a wide range of offenses. In the past, CBP officers have made arrests of individuals wanted for homicide, escape, money laundering, robbery, narcotics distribution, sexual child abuse, fraud, larceny and military desertion based on information found in NCIC.
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.