U.S. Border Patrol Weekly Blotter, Blaine Sector May 10 - May 16
Blaine, Wash. - The information listed below is from arrests and seizures related to U.S. Border Patrol in the Blaine Sector area of operations. For security reasons, this may not be a complete list of enforcement actions.
05/12/2012 - While conducting patrol duties east of Bellingham, Washington, Border Patrol agents observed a subject reaching into a vehicle with a broken window. The subject carried several items to another vehicle where a second subject was waiting in the driver's seat. The agents stopped and determined that the vehicle was not owned by either subject. It was determined that the items were taken from the vehicle. Agents contacted the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office regarding the situation. A Whatcom County Sheriff's officer responded to the scene and began an investigation.
05/13/2012 - Blaine Border Patrol agents witnessed a subject enter a wooded area east of Blaine, Washington and travel towards the United States/Canada international boundary. Agents quickly apprehended a suspect, recovered a loaded pistol located in close proximity to the subject and a satchel containing a Mac-10 semi-automatic style machine pistol. The arrestee had a prior criminal history and was processed for reinstatement of a prior order of removal. The Subject was turned over to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement/ Homeland Security Investigations for criminal prosecution related to weapons smuggling.
05/13/2012 - A Border Patrol canine unit performed a search in a wooded area notorious for narcotics smuggling east of Blaine, Washington. While performing the canine search in close proximity to the United States/Canada international boundary, agents recovered a backpack containing 23.1 kilograms of cocaine valued at $462,001. Shortly after the narcotics seizure, a subject was apprehended in close proximity to where the backpack was discovered. The subject had a prior criminal history and was processed for reinstatement of a prior order of removal. The Subject was turned over to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement/ Homeland Security Investigations for criminal prosecution related to narcotics trafficking.
05/14/2012 - Operators of a remote video surveillance system observed an individual cross the United States/Canada border illegally and notified agents in Blaine, Washington. Agents responded to the area and encountered a subject who was attempting to hide in the brush. The subject, a citizen of Honduras, admitted to being illegally present in the United States and was placed under arrest and processed for reinstatement of a prior order of removal.
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.