OROVILLE, Wash. (AP) -- The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is getting a new $15 million complex in the north-central Washington town of Oroville
Contractors will break ground next Sunday on a 22-acre site south of the U.S. border with Canada. Agents and staff will move into the facility next summer.
Border spokesman James Frackelton tells the Wenatchee World that the Oroville station has seen unprecedented growth since Sept. 11, 2001. He says new border patrol facilities are also being built in Colville, Wash., and Bonners Ferry, Idaho.
The agency won't say exactly how many agents and staff work out of the current office in downtown Oroville, citing security reasons.
Agents in the Oroville station use horses, boats, ATVs, snowmobiles and vehicles to patrol about 80 miles of U.S.-Canada border located in Okanogan County.
Information from: The Wenatchee World, http://www.wenatcheeworld.com