Pair arrested following South Surrey border breach

Pair arrested following South Surrey border breach

South Surrey police took two 27-year-olds into custody following a request for help apprehending a border runner.

South Surrey police responding to a request for help apprehending a border runner arrested a man and a woman earlier this month.

Cpl. Bert Paquet said the pair, both 27 years old, were taken into custody around 10 p.m. Nov. 9.

Officials with Canada Border Services Agency contacted police after receiving an alert from the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol of attempts “to stop a female from entering Canada illegally,” Paquet said.

“A foot pursuit ensued, a female ran into Canada into what we believe was a waiting vehicle.”

Paquet said a vehicle matching a description provided by border officials was pulled over on 176 Street near 20 Avenue.

A Burnaby man and a woman described as “definitely not Canadian” were taken into custody.

Paquet said the arrests were made without incident, “which is usually a good idea when you have five police cars around you.”

“We respond in numbers when we can,” he said. “It is a breach of our country’s border and we do not know what is coming into our country.”