Impacted national change on seafood industry import practices after seizing $2.1 million dollars of illegally harvested Russian king crab during a joint case with NOAA and HSI. Received Letter of Commendation from the Seattle Field Office, Director of Field Operations in recognition of my efforts on the case.
Developed a highly successful area port fireworks enforcement program with partnering agency investigators from the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Washington State Patrol. To date this program has prevented more than $500,000 in dangerous and illegal fireworks from entering the consumer market.
Conducted an outbound search and subsequent seizure of undeclared currency resulting in the recovery of $60,000 stolen cash and the arrest of a criminal suspect who was the focus of an open investigation in another state.
Supervisor: Judy Staudt, (206) 553-1720
Manage a team of Import Specialists tasked with enforcing U.S. trade laws, protecting Federal revenue, and developing cases related to import violations. Conduct oversight and provide vision and leadership for the team to ensure that we are working both effectively and efficiently. Foster and maintain frequent communication with many other government agency officials to preserve critical working relationships. Collaborate with legal staff; CBP Assistance Chief Counsel, DOJ Attorneys, and counsel from other law enforcement agencies. Coordinate enforcement actions with other CBP operational components by developing and documenting investigative plans and special operations. Assign work, conduct performance management, administer disciplinary actions, and manage labor relation issues. Routinely represent CBP at various public speaking events such as engagements with visiting foreign delegations, various trade groups, and members of the importing community.
Supervisor: Diana Wagner, (206) 553-1718
Conducted comprehensive analysis necessary to generate multi-million dollar 19 U.S.C. 1592 administrative penalty cases and criminal case referrals for import trade related violations. Cases worked involved undervaluation, transshipment, substitution and other import evasion schemes. Took leadership role within the team; planned and organized work, set the team's priorities, fostered team targeting efforts, and trained journeymen staff on how to build administrative penalty cases. Researched and planned several special operations which resulted in major seizures involving intellectual property rights violations and commercial trade enforcement actions. These special operations required regular communication and coordination with other government agencies such as the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Food and Drug Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, and several others depending on the specific commodity focus.
Supervisor: Diana Wagner, (206) 553-1718
Enforced provisions of the Tariff Act and the laws and regulations regarding values, quota limitations, endangered species, trademark and copyright protections, as well as other CBP priority trade issues. Made determinations regarding the admissibility of merchandise, and other import related decisions in support of the CBP mission. Served as a point of contact for members of the trade community seeking specific import and commodity related advice.
Appraised imported articles and determined correct tariff classifications to confirm that accurate duties were assessed. Ensured that my decisions were consistent with written and established guidelines by analyzing Court of International Trade cases and legally binding rulings issued by CBP. Gained significant experience in analyzing trade import data and focused enforcement efforts on Anti-Dumping and Countervailing revenue evasion issues.
Supervisor: John Farrell, (206) 553-1581
Responsible for enforcing federal laws for the former agencies of the US Customs Service, the Department of Agriculture, and the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Determined admissibility of people and goods attempting entry at designated ports within the United States.
Selected by Chief CBPO to join Seattle's Passenger Enforcement Rover Team (PERT) within Airport Passenger Processing Operations; received advanced training and gained experience in the areas of counter-terrorism and narcotics interdiction. Routinely conducted arrests for travelers with contraband and NCIC warrants, conducted searches and identified violations of imported goods subject to seizure, processed seized items and evidence according to agency protocols, participated in outbound currency operations, and issued civil citations to commercial airline carriers for violations committed during their operations of international flights. Nominated for additional specialized training and designated as one of the Airport Operations Counter-Terrorism Response Officers which involved conducting inspections and interviews on watch list suspects.
Further selected to join the Passenger Analytical Unit (PAU) for Airport Passenger Processing Operations where daily inbound passenger manifests were analyzed to identify persons and itineraries of interest. Conducted research, created intelligence reports and generated leads for new investigations. Coordinated with multiple law enforcement agencies and operated several information databases to assist daily enforcement efforts with the agency's primary mission elements of counter-terrorism, alien smuggling, and narcotics interdiction.
Supervisors Leadership Training -2011
ICE Commercial Fraud Investigation Course -2009
Import Specialist Basic Academy -2007
Detecting Deception and Eliciting Responses Course -2006
Passenger Analysis Training for Seaport Operations -2005
Passenger Analysis Training for Airport Operations -2005
Counter Terrorism Rover Response Training Course -2004
Customs Inspector Academy -2003
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