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 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.
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.