BLAINE, Wash. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations at the Peace Arch Port of Entry took a Canadian man into custody for alleged drug trafficking. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) transported Shayne Turner, 32, to Blaine when a name check revealed he was the subject of a National Crime Information Center (NCIC) warrant for drug trafficking.
The warrant was issued by the U.S. Marshals Service and they were waiting for him when the RCMP delivered the fugitive to the border on October 22.
Blaine Acting Area Port Director Kenneth Williams said, “Officers’ on-going vigilance is keeping communities safer throughout the United States. Apprehending felons with outstanding warrants is a critical element of our border security efforts. This was a two-nation effort with three agencies involved. It once again proved how well we all work together to keep our nations protected.”
NCIC is a centralized automated database designed to share information among law enforcement agencies including outstanding warrants for a wide range of offenses. 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, based on information from 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.