Blaine, Wash. — In separate incidents, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), at the Pacific Highway port of entry apprehended a Richmond, British Columbia, man on January 25 who was wanted in Fresno County, California, for alleged sexual acts and crimes against a minor.
CBP officers arrested Jesus Vitug, 53, when he arrived by automobile declaring his intended destination to be Bellingham, Washington, for local shopping. He was referred to the secondary examination area for inspection where a name check revealed that he was the subject of a National Criminal Information Center (NCIC) felony warrant.
On the following day CBP officers at the Sumas port of entry apprehended Seattle man wanted in King County, Washington, for alleged first and second degree child molestation. CBP officers removed Stephen Millard, 26, from his vehicle when a check of his travel document alerted them to the outstanding warrants.
“Sexual exploitation of children shocks and offends the common decency of our society,” said Area Port Director Greg Alvaerz. “I am proud of the vigilance our frontline officers demonstrate on a daily basis and their contribution to safer communities throughout the Washington State.”
NCIC is a centralized automated data base designed to share information among law enforcement agencies. Warrants in this system can be for a wide range of offenses to include money laundering, robbery, narcotics distribution, sexual abuse of children, violation of protection orders, fraud, failure to appear, 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.