(By Jamie Henneman/Chewelah Independent)
County law enforcement responds…
A man carrying a laptop and a large duffel bag attempted to cross the U.S.-Canadian border on foot last month before he was detained and found to have meth and weapons.
Terrence James Fedora, 31, was detained by U.S. Custom and Border Patrol agents in mid-June for attempting to walk across the border with .32 grams of methamphetamine, a collapsible baton, knives and an M80 firecracker. Fedora told agents he was a dual U.S.-Canadian citizen and was traveling to his father’s house in Seattle and didn’t have any drugs. However, a search of Fedora’s bags found the meth and Fedora then told officials he had been “clean” and not taken drugs for “a day and a half.”
Fedora was arrested by officers from the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office who responded to the incident.
CBP Public Affairs Officer David Long said Customs and Border Patrol often hands off criminal cases to local law enforcement.
“Arrested subjects are turned over to federal, state or local authorities, depending on the nature of the arrest. For example, a traveler found in possession of illegal drugs, weapons, or other contraband may be turned over to state police or local police,” said Long.
There is currently a warrant out for Fedora’s arrest, as he failed to appear in court for a June 27 arraignment on the charge of possession of a controlled substance.