BLAINE, WASH.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Peace Arch port of entry apprehended a Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada man on February 20 who was wanted in Whatcom County, Wash. for alleged failure to appear for violation of the Uniformed Controlled Substances Act.
Officers arrested Li-Lun Yu, 31, upon his arrival to the United States when a name check revealed that he was the subject of a National Criminal Information Center (NCIC) felony warrant.
"Apprehending felons with outstanding warrants as they attempt to enter the U.S. at our ports of entry is a critical element of our border security efforts," said Area Port Director Gregory Alvarez. "The vigilance that our CBP officers display in fulfilling our law enforcement mission on the border is never ending."
After verification of the warrant for arrest Yu was immediately taken into custody by CBP officers and turned over to the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office.
NCIC is the abbreviation for National Crime Information Center, which is a centralized automated database designed to share information among law enforcement agencies. These warrants are for a wide range of offense including 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.