BLAINE, Wash. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers at the Peace Arch Port of Entry took into custody a man wanted in Riverside, California for an alleged felony for crimes against person - possession obscene matter minor.
The man was turned over to them by Canada Border Services Agency officers on July 19.
CBP officers arrested Ronald Rowan, 50, when a name check revealed he was the subject of an arrest warrant.
“This arrest typifies the close and professional working relationship among the northern border law enforcement agencies in Washington and British Columbia,” said Acting Area Port Director Terry Schulze. “CBP is proud of this bond which helps us perform our security mission to protect the American homeland.”
After the outstanding warrants for arrest were verified with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office in California, Rowan was turned over to Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office for extradition back to Colorado.
NCIC is a centralized automated database designed to share information among law enforcement agencies including outstanding warrants for a wide range of offenses. 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, based on information from NCIC.
On a typical day in 2014, CBP arrested 21 wanted criminals at U.S. ports of entry.
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.