GRAND FORKS, N.D.—U.S. Border Patrol agents, with the assistance of the Bismarck Police Department and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), arrested a man who was illegally present in the United States and wanted on charges in Canada for stealing close to $110,000 worth of nickel from the mines in northern Manitoba.
On August 10, Bismarck Police received a tip that this subject was in Bismarck. Bismarck Police contacted the RCMP in Manitoba who confirmed they were indeed looking for this person. They sent pictures of the suspect to Bismarck Police who contacted their homeless shelters advising them this person may be showing up.
On August, 12, the Bismarck Police Department received a call that this subject was at a homeless shelter in Bismarck. Bismarck Police apprehended the subject and turned him over to the U.S. Border Patrol for processing and removal to Canada.
"This is a perfect example of how we continue to work together within our law enforcement community," stated Austin L. Skero II, chief patrol agent of the Grand Forks Sector. "Close cooperation and real time communication produces solid results."
On August 13, the U.S. Border Patrol turned the subject over to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police at the Dunseith, N.D. port of entry.
"The arrest and return of the fugitive clearly demonstrates the success of our strong working relationship with our American law enforcement and Border Patrol partners," said Superintendent Bob Bazin, acting criminal operations officer, RCMP "D" Division (Manitoba). "The exchange of information between the RCMP and our U.S. partners was key to a successful outcome."
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.