Sault Ste Marie - During the month of November 2010, Sault Ste Marie Customs and Border Protection Field Operations officers located at the International Bridge in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan processed over 120,000 travelers while apprehending 47 offenders of federal, state or local laws.
"CBP Officers in Sault Ste Marie are truly enthusiastic about the jobs that they perform because they know that they are protecting the American way of life," said Port Director Devin Chamberlain.
CBP Officers boarded a cargo ship as it docked in Rogers City and arrested one of the crew members on an outstanding warrant. The crew member was wanted in Dearborn, Michigan for failing to appear for a court date.
Foreign nationals who do not possess proper entry documentation or who have been convicted of certain crimes are barred from entry to the United States. Thirty two such people were intercepted at the Sault Ste Marie port of entry in November.
One trusted traveler had his Free and Secure Trade (FAST) card revoked for failing to declare four liters of alcohol. The alcohol was discovered in the cab of his truck after his shipment was sent in for examination. He not only lost his FAST card, he was fined and returned to Canada without delivering his shipment.
CBP agricultural specialists remained busy interdicting a large variety of plant material. Of these 108 interdictions, three plants were discovered to contain insects which were sent to the United States Department of Agriculture for identification.
While the above violations are significant, it should be noted that the vast majority of travelers encountered by CBP at the International Bridge are law-abiding citizens. These travelers help to foster trade between the twin Saults.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) priority mission is to secure our borders, our people and our visitors from those that would do us harm, including terrorists and instruments of terror. CBP is also charged with the facilitation of legitimate trade and travel into and out of the United States. In this dual role, CBP enforces rules and regulations for a variety of agencies.
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.