BLAINE, Wash. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations at the Peace Arch Port of Entry took a 54-year-old Cuban citizen into custody when the Canada Border Services Agency returned him to Blaine. A routine review of the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database revealed that a warrant existed out of Thurston County.
The warrant, for escaping community custody, was issued in early April. The resident of Tacoma had been on the lam ever since.
“We enjoy an outstanding relationship with our Canadian counterparts”, said area Port Director Kenneth Williams. “That collaboration keeps both of our communities safe.”
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 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.