GREAT FALLS, Mont. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers assigned to the Area Port of Great Falls detained two individuals Monday who were wanted on felony arrest warrants.
One of the incidents occurred when a woman, who is a Canadian citizen and lawful permanent resident of the United States attempted to enter the U.S. at the Porthill, Idaho, Port of Entry. She was referred for further inspection due to an alert from the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). Records checks revealed that she was wanted on a felony burglary warrant out of Lincoln County, Wyoming. The Idaho State Police took custody of the woman.
The second incident occurred at the Sweetgrass Port of Entry when a man, who is a U.S. citizen, was identified by an NCIC query as a match to a felony warrant from Lake County, Montana. The Toole County Sheriff’s Office took custody of the man to await extradition.
“Thanks to the vigilance of CBP officers, these individuals will face the charges against them,” said Great Falls Area Port Director Dan Escobedo. “This is just one of the many ways in which our officers protect this nation and our communities.”
NCIC is a centralized automated database designed to share information among law enforcement agencies including outstanding warrants for a wide range of offenses. Based on information from NCIC, CBP officers on the U.S./Canadian border have made previous arrests of individuals wanted for homicide, escape, money laundering, robbery, narcotics distribution, sexual child abuse, fraud, 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.