Murder suspect arrested after applying for NEXUS

Published on Wed, Jun 29, 2011 by Jeremy Schwartz

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A Burnaby, B.C., man wanted on a murder charge in Oklahoma was arrested Friday, June 24, at the Pacific Highway border crossing after he tried to apply for a NEXUS pass.

Whatcom County sheriff’s deputies arrested 48-year-old Suhail Shanti on Friday after Customs and Border Protection agents ran his fingerprints as part of his NEXUS pass application. The fingerprint check revealed a warrant filed in 1984 charging Shanti with first-degree murder in Le Flore County, Oklahoma. Le Flore County police confirmed the warrant and said they plan to extradite Shanti to Oklahoma.

Sheriff’s deputies took Shanti into custody at about 3 p.m. on Friday and transported him to the Whatcom County Jail, where he is awaiting extradition.