BLAINE, Wash. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers at the Peace Arch Port of Entry discovered alleged child pornography on September 15.
Around 4:00 p.m., a 31-year-old man and two co-travelers, all United States citizens, entered the United States at the Peace Arch Port of Entry via vehicle. Based on officer experience and training, the vehicle was referred for further inspection. Officers discovered alleged child pornography on the driver’s cell phone during the secondary inspection.
It was determined that a detective with the Bellingham Police Department who specializes in internet crimes against children was actively investigating the detained 31 year old. The detective, who is also a task force officer with Homeland Security Investigations, arrested Bellingham resident George E. Blackmore for Possession of Depictions of Minor Engaged in Sex Conduct, a Class B Felony. Blackmore was booked into the Whatcom County Jail by the Bellingham Police Department detective.
“CBP officers at the ports of entry continue to make significant contributions in apprehending those who prey upon our children,” said Area Port Director Gregory Alvarez. “This arrest displays the commitment of the federal and local law enforcement community to bring those who exploit children to justice.”
CBP Field Operations is responsible for securing our borders at the ports of entry. CBP officers’ primary mission is anti-terrorism; they screen all people, vehicles, and goods entering the U.S., while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel into and out of the nation. For more information, please see www.cbp.gov.
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.