DETROIT—On January 18, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers (CBPO) arrested Stephon Herbert Jones, 44, a United States citizen at the Fort Street Cargo Facility for an outstanding warrant for parole violation. Officers processing commercial trucks noticed a strange sight as a figure, later determined to be Jones, headed down a closed primary lane on a bicycle.
Jones was stopped and asked for identification. Jones replied that he did not have ID and was lost, unsure how he ended up at the border. Jones was escorted into the secondary building and fingerprinted to determine his identity and citizenship. The result of the fingerprint check confirmed his identity and citizenship and in addition, turned up an outstanding warrant for a parole violation from the Michigan Department of Corrections. Jones was arrested and turned over to Detroit Police.
"The Ambassador Bridge generally prohibits bicycle traffic so it was rather strange to see someone on a bike in the middle of winter and at the cargo crossing." said U.S. Customs and Border Protection area port director Roderick Blanchard. "I commend the efforts of the CBP Officers for keeping a sharp eye out and maintaining their vigilance"
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.