BLAINE, Wash. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations at the Peace Arch Port of Entry took two men into custody this week when routine inspections found both were wanted on National Crime Information Center warrants out of California.
A Canadian citizen was wanted on an active NCIC warrant for fraud and a United States citizen had a full extradition warrant for a parole violation.
“CBP officers are diligent in keeping criminals out of our neighborhoods,” said Area Port Director Kenneth L. Williams. “At the end of the day, two criminals are back in custody where they belong.”
Both men were taken to the Whatcom County Jail in Bellingham to await extradition.
NCIC is a centralized automated database designed to share information among law enforcement agencies including outstanding warrants for a wide range of offenses. Based on information from NCIC, CBP officers have made previous arrests of individuals wanted for homicide, escape, money laundering, robbery, narcotics distribution, sexual child abuse, fraud, larceny, and military desertion.
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.