Blaine, Wash. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection Field Operations officers apprehended a California man on December 3 who was wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Field Office in Los Angeles for alleged mail fraud, money laundering, bankruptcy fraud, false declaration and criminal contempt.
Officers arrested Alexander Thorn, 44, when he attempted to enter the United States at the Peace Arch border crossing because a name check revealed that he was the subject of a National Criminal Information Center felony warrant. Thorn falsely attempted to claim U.S. citizenship but records indicate that he is a German native and that he has twice been deported from the United States, in 1995 and in 1999.
"It doesn't matter where you are arriving from, if you are a wanted felon you will be leaving in handcuffs," said Area Port Director Greg Alvarez. "We are proud of our officers' vigilance and commitment to keeping communities safer throughout the United States."
After verification of the warrant with the FBI, Thorn was immediately taken into custody by CBP officers and was turned over to the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office for appearance in federal court.
NCIC is the abbreviation for National Criminal Information Center which is a centralized automated data base designed to share information among law enforcement agencies. These warrants are for a wide range of offenses and include money laundering, robbery, narcotics distribution, sexual abuse of children, violation of protection orders, fraud, failure to appear, 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.