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U.S. Border Patrol Seizes Personal Water Craft and Levies Fine

Release Date: 
October 30, 2015

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn — On October 22, a Grand Forks Sector Border Patrol agent observed a man driving a Personal Water Craft (PWC) on Rainy Lake near Rainer, MN, traveling southbound from the U.S./Canada international boundary towards the U.S. shoreline.  The agent responded to investigate and encountered a man, later determined to be a United States Citizen, loading the PWC onto a trailer. Agents from International Falls Station catch man on Personal Water Craft

Upon further investigation, agents determined that the subject entered the United States with the PWC at a place not designated as a Port of Entry after returning from a stay in Canada.  The PWC was seized and a penalty was levied against the subject pursuant to 19 USC 1436 (b).

“U.S. Customs and Border Protection requires that all U.S. citizens and aliens seeking entry to the United States report their arrival,” said International Falls Patrol Agent in Charge Derek Mason.

Anyone found in violation of arrival, reporting, entry, and clearance requirements is subject to criminal/civil penalties and or seizure/forfeiture of their conveyance and merchandise.

You can report suspicious activity anonymously at 1-800-982-4077, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or email at

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017