VANCOUVER, Canada— U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assisted in the arrest of a suspect arriving at Seattle International Airport who had two active felony warrants from California. The arrest was coordinated with CBP officers at Vancouver Preclearance and Seattle International Airport and the Port of Seattle Police Department.
On Oct. 3, CBP officers at Vancouver Preclearance encountered a 29-year-old U.S. citizen with active felony warrants for larceny and grand theft from San Jose, Calif. Once CBP officers at Vancouver Preclearance verified the warrants and confirmed extradition, CBP officers in Seattle were alerted to the suspect’s arrival. Upon landing, CBP Officers took Diana Vinh into custody and contacted the Port of Seattle Police Department. She was arrested and will be extradited to the custody of the San Jose Police Department.
CBP Preclearance operations allow for advance inspection of passengers and special coordination with law enforcement upon arrival in the United States. Through preclearance, the same immigration, customs, and agriculture inspections of international air passengers performed on arrival in the United States are instead completed before departure at foreign airports. Currently, preclearance operations exist at 15 foreign airports in six different countries, benefitting air passengers, airports, and air carriers, in the United States and abroad.
CBP conducts inspection operations and intercepts currency, weapons, prohibited agriculture products or other illicit items, and arrests an average of 22 wanted persons a day at U.S. ports of entry nationwide.
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.