BLAINE, Wash. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations at the Peace Arch Port of Entry took receipt of a 58-year-old woman courtesy of Canada Border Services Agency, when authorities discovered she was wanted for “failure to appear” on dangerous drug charges.
The woman, a resident of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, was driving on Interstate 5 in 2007, when the modified roof compartment of her car flew open and ecstasy pills rained down like hail over the freeway.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police escorted the woman to the Blaine Port of Entry. An Immigration Detainer document, had been pre-approved and was waiting for the United States Marshals Service when they arrived. The detainer allows officials to parole a non U.S. Citizen into the United States; in this case to face charges filed in federal court.
“Law enforcement agencies across both countries take drug charges very seriously,” said area Port Director Kenneth L. Williams. “It doesn’t matter what color uniform you wear, our goals are to take criminals off the street.”
The U.S. Marshals arrived and took custody of the woman for the incident that occurred more than nine years earlier.
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.