Sault Ste Marie, Mich.— U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) announces the issuance of a civil penalty to a Canadian citizen that entered the United States at Drummond Island outside of established reporting times.
The CBP Drummond Island Reporting Station is open Friday through Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. during the winter months to facilitate snowmobile travel between Canada and the United States. These are the only hours and this is the only location that travelers can report into the United States from Canada via snowmobile in Michigan.
The subject was initially issued a warning letter on February 7 after getting caught bypassing CBP officers during normal business hours. Officers explained the reporting requirements to the subject and he was released. On February 17, the subject was again encountered on Drummond Island when the reporting station was closed. U.S. laws mandate that travelers must report to a CBP officer prior to entering the country.
“It is very import that we screen each person entering the United States to ensure their admissibility and the legitimacy of their travel” stated Port Director Patrick Wilson, “We attempt to educate those who might utilize the Ice Bridge on Drummond Island on the reporting requirements. Our actions in this case are consistent with the laws violated.”
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.