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Ohio man pleads guilty, sentenced for ruckus at Peace Bridge Port of Entry

STAFF REPORTS

BUFFALO, N.Y.- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Michael White II, 19, of Canton, OH, pleaded guilty to failure to obey a lawful order by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer and was sentenced by Judge Roemer to a $5,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Wei Xiang, who handled the case, stated that on the morning of March 15, 2018, a charter bus arrived at the Peace Bridge Port of Entry. White was one of the occupants on the bus attempting to make entry into the United States from Canada. During a routine inspection, CBP officers asked the occupants to exit the bus and make their way into the Customs office for inspection or admission into the United States. After White exited the bus, he walked directly into a CBP officer who had given a lawful command to White to stop. White ignored the command and attempted to walk past the officer. The officer then raised his arm to stop White from walking past him. After some physical contact between White and the officer, White swung at the officer but missed.
The sentencing is the result of an investigation by Customs and Border Protection, under the direction of Rose Brophy, Director of Field Operations, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly.