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Suicidal Portuguese Man Returned To Blaine After Canada Refuses Entry

Release Date: 
July 19, 2016

BLAINE, Wash. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Pacific Highway Port of Entry took a 56-year-old man from Portugal into custody when Canada Border Services Agency found he had previously been deported from Canada due to his extensive criminal record and narcotics abuse. The subject also stated he was going to commit suicide in Seattle.

The man was receiving methadone treatments and diabetic. He entered the U.S. on June 29 at Logan International Airport in Boston, under the visa waiver program.

Pacific Highway Port Of Entry
Pacific Highway Port Of Entry

The subject's criminal record in Canada included 33 convictions, including narcotics possession and trafficking, assault on an officer, theft, breaking and entering with intent, as well as driving under the influence.

CBP notified emergency medical services notified after the subject's initial interview. He was transported to Saint Joseph’s Hospital for medical and mental evaluations. The subject returned to Blaine four hours later, and was processed for visa waiver program removal and transported to the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma.

“This individual has health issues that required treatment, both physically and mentally,” said Area Port Director Kenneth Williams. “This encounter illustrates that our officers can accomplish the mission yet display empathy.”

The subject was found to be removable from the U.S. for breaking many sections of law.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017