BLAINE, Wash. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations at the Pacific Highway Port of Entry took two men into custody this past weekend when routine inspections found both were wanted on warrants. One was a National Crime Information Center warrant out of Georgia. The other was issued from the Superior Court of Washington, County of Skagit Juvenile Court.
A 17-year-old from Mount Vernon had stowed away on a Greyhound bus heading into Canada. Canada Border Services Agency escorted the young man to the Pacific Highway crossing after taking marijuana and a pipe from him. His probation violation involved burglary in the second degree and a minor in possession of alcohol. The Whatcom County Sheriff’s office took custody of the adolescent and drove him to the juvenile detention facility.
Also in the early hours of Saturday morning, a Penske commercial truck driver was returned to Blaine by CBSA because of an NCIC warrant out of Dekalb County Sheriff’s Office in Atlanta, Georgia. The 31-year-old was wanted on a warrant for aggravated assault strangulation.
“CBP and CBSA officers are diligent in keeping criminals out of our neighboring countries,” said Area Port Director Kenneth L. Williams. “At the end of the day, two fugitives from justice are back in custody in order to face their crimes.”
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.