Estonian man with visa overstay caught in Blaine
BLAINE, Wash. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations at the Peace Arch Port of Entry, detained a 39-year-old Estonian man on Saturday evening, after Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) denied him admission into Canada.
CBSA returned him to Blaine when a routine National Crime Information Center (NCIC) inspection revealed he had overstayed his visa. He also had a driving under the influence charge out of Los Angeles from Jan. 30. His passport from Estonia showed an admission stamp valid until May 10, 2015.
“It is important for frontline officers to scrutinize non-immigrants in order to verify compliance with our immigration laws,” said Area Port Director Ken Williams. “This man had been in the country illegally for almost two years, and didn’t respect our state laws as well since he had a DUI charge last month in California. He soon will be back in Estonia thanks to excellent bilateral collaboration of CBP and CBSA.”
The man was transported to the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma to await his hearing and removal from the United States.
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.