Grand Portage, Minn. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested an alleged deserter from the U.S. Army at the Grand Portage port of entry on Tuesday, April 24.
Richard Droste, 26, of London, Ontario Canada was taken into custody by CBP officers upon his arrival at the Grand Portage port of entry. The U.S. citizen was deported from Canada by Canada Border Service's Agency (CBSA) Enforcement Officers and returned to the CBP port of entry where a check of his identification revealed that he was the subject of a National Crime Information Center warrant for military desertion. The warrant was confirmed and the subject was turned over to the Cook Country Sheriff's Office where he is awaiting extradition by the U.S. Army.
"The cooperation displayed by CBP and CBSA in this case was paramount in the apprehension of this individual," said Area Port Director Mary Delaquis. "Desertion from the armed services is a very serious offense and I am very proud of the enforcement efforts of our officers."
The National Crime Information Center is a centralized automated data base designed to share information among law enforcement agencies including outstanding warrants for a wide range of offenses. These warrants are for a wide range of offenses and include money laundering, robbery, narcotics distribution, the sexual abuse of children, violation of protection orders, fraud, failure to appear, 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.