Fleeing at border can lead to severe consequences Massena Customs and Border Protection agents warn
MASSENA — U.S. Customs and Border Protection warns border crossers that they face severe consequences for port running, or departing CBP’s Massena Port of Entry, before CBP officers can conclude traveler inspections.
This reminder comes after CBP has noticed a recent increase in travelers who have either prematurely departed or who have failed to report for inspection at the Massena Port of Entry.To combat port running, CBP has implemented significant security enhancements, including traffic barricades to slow travelers and to deter them from leaving without authorization.
“Every effort has been made to deter travelers from evading the inspection process and keeping the border secure. Our mission and the safety of officers and community members is paramount.” said CBP Massena Port Director, Robert Dwyer. “There are civil penalties and possible federal prosecution to those who commit the violation.”
Violators face civil or criminal penalties for failing to complete inspection, departing the port of entry without permission, and port running.
According to 19 USC 1433 and 19 USC 1581, civil penalties may include a $5,000 fine, seizure of vehicle or forfeiture for the first violation, and a $10,000 penalty for each subsequent violation.
Additionally, violators who are criminally prosecuted may face up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and up to three years of post-imprisonment supervised release.
Visit CBP Ports of Entry to learn more about how CBP’s Office of Field Operations secures our nation’s borders. Learn more about CBP at www.CBP.gov.