U.S. Customs turns 'armed and dangerous' fugitive over to Canadian authorities

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Pacific Highway port of entry apprehended a British Columbia man on Nov. 27 who was wanted in Vancouver for alleged robbery.

CBP officers took Sean Michael Holland, 23, into custody upon his arrival to the United States when a name check of his identity revealed that he was an armed and dangerous felon wanted on a Canada-wide warrant.

“This arrest typifies the professional and continuous working relationship among the northern border law enforcement agencies in Washington and British Columbia,” Area Port Director Greg Alvarez said in a press release. “CBP is proud of this partnership which helps remove fugitives from the streets of our communities both north and south."

Surrey RCMP confirmed the outstanding warrant as Canada-wide and the Vancouver Police were contacted confirming that they were the originating agency for the warrant. Holland was denied entry into the United States for violation of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Act and was returned to Canada and turned over to the Canadian Border Services Agency.

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 both U.S. and Canadian routine law enforcement data bases.

On a typical day, CBP arrests 73 criminals at U.S. ports of entry, according to CBP public affairs liaison Thomas Schreiber in Blaine.

According to a CBP WEB SITE, here's a typical day for CBP in fiscal year 2008.

— 1,087,069 passengers and pedestrians
— 256,897 incoming international air passengers
— 43,188 passengers/crew arriving by ship
— 786,984 incoming land travelers
— 70,451 truck, rail, and sea containers
— 331,347 incoming privately owned vehicles

Executed or made:
— 2,796 apprehensions at and in between the ports of entry for illegal entry
— 614 refusals of entry at our ports of entry
— 73 arrests of criminals at ports of entry

— 76 fraudulent documents
— 1 for terrorism related/national security concerns

— 7,621 pounds of drugs
— $295,829 in undeclared or illicit currency
— 4,125 prohibited meat, plant materials or animal products, including:
— 435 agricultural pests at ports of entry

— 3 illegal crossers in distress or dangerous conditions between ports of entry

— 1,275 canine enforcement teams
— 18,276 vehicles, 275 aircraft, 181 watercraft, and 252 horse patrols

— 5,000 miles of border with Canada
— 1,900 miles of border with Mexico
— 95,000 miles of shoreline

Approximately 51,553 employees, including:
— 19,726 officers
— 17,499 Border Patrol agents
— 2,277 agriculture specialists
— 1,088 Air and Marine agents, including 140 Air Enforcement officers, 769 Air Interdiction agents, 171 Marine Interdiction agents.

— 327 ports of entry
— 144 Border Patrol stations within 20 sectors, with 35 permanent checkpoints

Approximate location of the Pacific Highway port of entry:

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