HAVRE, MONT.—On Sunday, August 11, Border Patrol agents from Havre Sector arrested a Croatian national who was a deserter from his cruise ship docked in Seattle.
On Saturday, the ship's agent notified CBP officials at the Port of Seattle that one of their crewman had failed to report back to the ship for departure. Customs and Border Protection officers from the Port of Seattle responded to the ship and notified the Havre Border Patrol Sector. Agents from the Havre Border Patrol Station were able to locate the subject on the Amtrak train the following day, and he was taken into custody without incident. The subject is currently being processed for removal.
"This arrest shows the depth of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection," said Chief Patrol Agent Christopher Richards, "This deserter illegally entered the country in Seattle, Wash., and through the combined efforts of both the Office of Field Operations, and the Border Patrol, he was successfully located and apprehended in Havre, Montana, within 24 hours."
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.