A U.S. citizen man wanted on charges related to a large-scale drug smuggling operation was arrested by border patrol when he tried to enter the U.S. from Canada after 30 years on the run.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said that officers responded to an April 15, 2018 report of two suspicious individuals emerging from the trees about a quarter mile from the U.S.-Canada border in Montana, according to FOX News.
The two men were detained, and after some questioning, officers learned one of the men, Jacob Moritz, was a naturalized U.S. citizen with an outstanding arrest warrant dating to 1989.
According to U.S. Customs, the arrest warrant against Moritz stems from a 1989 indictment charging him and others with various counts related to a large-scale drug smuggling operation. Officials said Moritz used an ocean-going freighter to smuggle large quantities of marijuana, hashish, and heroin into the U.S. between 1970 until his arrest in 1989.
At the time of the indictment, Moritz fled the United States.
“This is another example of our officers doing their job to protect our country from those who are here to conduct illegal activities,” U.S. Customs Patrol Agent in Charge Paul Farmer said in a statement. “It should also be known that Moritz was uncooperative during questioning.
However, that will never stop us from finding out who you are or what you have done in your past. If that includes conducting criminal activities 30 years ago, you will be turned over to the proper authorities and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the U.S. law.
Mortiz was charged for drug smuggling and turned over to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, and the U.S. Marshals later took him into custody.
The man who attempted to enter the U.S. with Moritz was only identified as being a Canadian citizen. U.S. Customs agents began the process for his removal.