Alleged drug smuggler arrested at border crossing

Published on Wed, Apr 16, 2014 by Brandy Kiger Shreve

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehended a Vancouver, B.C. man who was wanted in Port Angeles for contempt of court at the Pacific Highway port of entry on April 10. 

CBP officers arrested Tony Chun Yu Tse, 50, after a name check revealed that there was an outstanding felony warrant for alleged contempt of court for him which stemmed from an original charge of marijuana smuggling in 2004. 

Tse was arrested in Port Angeles in September 2004 after Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team investigators and federal agents located nearly 300 pounds of “B.C. Bud” marijuana inside his delivery truck as he entered Port Angeles aboard the MV Coho ferry from Victoria.

On April 10, Tse returned to the U.S. aboard a tour bus en route to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival and presented his Canadian passport for entry into the U.S. CBP officers used the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) to confirm Tse’s identity after uncertainty arose because of contradicting information and claims. The IAFIS system allowed officials to electronically record and digitally compare his fingerprints with others in the database. The program shares fingerprint information among federal law enforcement agencies.

“A vital element in our homeland security effort is the apprehension of fugitives from justice,” said area port director Gregory Alvarez. “The ability to perform our mission through the use of enhanced enforcement tools greatly contributes to our success in this endeavor.”

After verification of the warrant, Tse was immediately taken into custody by CBP officers and turned over to the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office, where he was booked into the Whatcom County jail with bail set at $25,000.