July 17, 2009
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) was able to positively verify, via biometrics research, that the subject in custody at the Ketchikan Correctional Center was a Mexican national, and an aggravated felon who was last deported from the U.S. in 2005 from Hidalgo, Texas.
This information was immediately referred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement who presented the case to the Anchorage U.S. Attorney's Office for criminal prosecution.
The nearest ICE assets are located more than 800 miles away from Ketchikan in Anchorage. Customs and Border Protection is occasionally called upon to assist Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in remote locations such as Ketchikan.
Area Port Director Lance Robinson stated "This shows the commitment CBP has to work with local as well as state and federal agencies to protect the citizens of the US".
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