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Customs officials find freight train crossed border at Blaine carrying more than grain

Peace Arch park straddles two nations with one goal

Peace Arch State Park in Blaine actually consists of two parks in two countries, straddling the U.S.-Canada border. The park's iconic white monument is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Peace Arch State Park in Blaine actually consists of two parks in two countries, straddling the U.S.-Canada border. The park's iconic white monument is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Three Mexican citizens were arrested Sunday, May 5, in Blaine as they crossed into the United States from Canada aboard a southbound freight train, Customs and Border Protection officials said Tuesday.

“(Customs) officers, with assistance from Border Patrol agents, apprehended the three individuals who had illegally entered the United States without inspection,” CBP spokeswoman Renne Archer said in an email.

Archer said the men, whose names weren’t given, were between 25 and 33 years old.

They were hiding under garbage bags at the end of a rail car carrying grain, Archer said.

All three men were arrested and sent to the U.S. federal government’s Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma.

Robert Mittendorf covers civic issues, weather, traffic and how people are coping with the high cost of housing for The Bellingham Herald. A journalist since 1984, he’s also a volunteer firefighter for South Whatcom Fire Authority.
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