BLAINE, Wash. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers at the Sumas Port of Entry took into custody a man wanted in Mt. Vernon, Washington, for alleged theft and forgery. The man attempted to enter the United States on October 20.
CBP officers arrested Robert Wesley Kline, 25, when a name check revealed he was the subject of a National Crime Information Center (NCIC) warrant for theft and forgery.
“We often encounter people wanted by other law enforcement agencies during our daily routine. When that happens, we immediately take the appropriate law enforcement action,” said Sumas Area Port Director J. Rene Ortega. “We are proud of the job our officers do each and every day in order to protect the local community and homeland.”
After the outstanding warrant for arrest was confirmed with the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office, Kline was transported by the Sumas Police Department to the Whatcom County Jail. The following day he was transferred to Skagit County/Mt. Vernon Police Department via their transport shuttle.
NCIC is a centralized automated database designed to share information among law enforcement agencies including outstanding warrants for a wide range of offenses. CBP officers on the U.S./Canadian border have made previous arrests of individuals wanted for homicide, escape, money laundering, robbery, narcotics distribution, sexual child abuse, fraud, larceny, and military desertion, based on information from NCIC.
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.