Blaine, Wash. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers apprehended a Surrey, British Columbia, Canada man on December 8 who was wanted in Tyler, Texas for alleged possession of a controlled substance.
Officers arrested Allan Alfonso Espinosa-Bravo, 32, upon his arrival to the United States at the Peace Arch port of entry when a name check revealed that he was the subject of a National Criminal Information Center (NCIC) felony warrant. NCIC is a centralized automated database designed to share information among law enforcement agencies. These warrants are for a wide range of offenses including money laundering, robbery, narcotics distribution, sexual abuse of children, violation of protection orders, fraud, failure to appear, larceny and military desertion.
"Protecting communities throughout the United States is a critical element of our border security efforts," said Area Port Director Gregory Alvarez. "The more travel documents we examine results in our removing more criminals attempting to hide among legitimate travelers.''
After verification of the warrant for arrest with the Smith County Sheriff's Office, Espinosa-Bravo was immediately taken into custody by CBP officers and turned over to the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office for extradition to Texas.
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.