Lewiston, NY - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announces the arrest of a United States citizen wanted in Montana on felony burglary charges.
On August 31 CBP officers encountered 31-year-old Michael Barreca, a United States citizen from Billings, Mont. as he applied for admission at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge border crossing in Lewiston. Mr. Barreca advised the primary CBP officer that he, his girlfriend, her 9 month-old child, (also present in the vehicle) were moving from Montana to Saratoga Springs, N.Y. He further advised that they were traversing through Canada to save time. A primary name query revealed that Mr. Barreca may be the subject of an active warrant issued in the state of Montana. He was referred to CBP for a secondary enforcement exam.
During secondary processing, additional record checks confirmed that Mr. Barreca was in fact the subject of a nation-wide felony warrant issued on August 26 by the city of Billings (Mont.) Police Department. The warrant charges Mr. Barreca with felony burglary and stems from the robbery of a casino in Montana.
CBP officers verified the validity of the warrant and confirmed extradition. Mr. Barreca was arrested and turned over to the custody of the New York State Police pending extradition to Montana. Mr. Barreca's girlfriend and her child were subsequently released.
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.