Customs Service inspector Diana M. Dean, a 19-year Customs veteran, was credited for relying on her instincts and training in the capture of a suspected terrorist in Port Angeles.
Dean started a conversation with the driver and determined that something was awry, so she asked the man to get out of the car. The suspect took off on foot, and Dean and three other Customs inspectors apprehended the suspect six blocks away. Inside the suspect’s car was 100 pounds of bomb-making materials, including nitroglycerin and other explosives.
Dean and two colleagues were honored at an awards assembly yesterday by Customs Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly who presented medals for “exceptional service.”