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Resident of Maple Falls with protection order stopped at Lynden border crossing

Release Date: 
November 22, 2016

LYNDEN, Wash. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations at the Kenneth G. Ward Port of Entry took a Washington state woman into custody after a National Crime Information Center (NCIC) warrant for a protection order was discovered as she attempted to return home.

The 26-year-old resident of Maple Falls, was traveling with the protected individual. During secondary, the NCIC warrant was confirmed and the Whatcom County Sheriff was contacted.

The Kenneth G. Ward port of entry
Kenneth G. Ward port of entry

Upon arrival, a Whatcom County Sheriff’s Deputy took the woman into custody for the trip to their detention facility in Bellingham.

“Protection orders are taken very seriously,” said Port Director Phillip Stanford. “We do not have the option to release if the protected person has changed their mind.”

The woman was booked into the Whatcom County jail without incident.

NCIC is a centralized automated database designed to share information among law enforcement agencies including outstanding warrants for a wide range of offenses. Based on information from NCIC, 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.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021