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CBP Officers at Detroit Windsor Tunnel Arrest Imposter

Release Date: 
March 8, 2012

DETROIT—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel have arrested a Somali citizen on charges of misuse of a visa, permits or other documents.

On March 4, CBP officers encountered an individual crossing the international border in a taxicab and claiming to be returning from visiting a Windsor, Ontario, casino. The subject presented a valid U.S. Permanent Resident Card and told the primary officer that he was traveling by taxi because he could not operate a vehicle due to multiple arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol. The subject, a resident of Columbus, Ohio, could not clearly explain how he would return to Ohio and was therefore referred for a secondary inspection.

During the secondary inspection, a search of the subject's fingerprints revealed his true identity as Hassan Nur, a 52-year-old citizen of Somalia and an asylee in the United States. Nur later admitted his true identity and advised CBP officers that he was not the rightful owner of the presented document.

"This arrest exemplifies CBP's dedication to vigilance at our nation's borders," said Detroit Field Office Director Christopher Perry. "I congratulate everyone involved in this arrest."

Nur was arrested by CBP officers on federal charges of misuse of a visa, permits or other documents. This charge carries a maximum penalty of ten years if convicted.

All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017