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Atlanta CBP, Partners Arrest Hapeville, Ga. Murder Suspect Fleeing to Mexico

Release Date: 
August 28, 2014

ATLANTA — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, working closely with  Atlanta Police Department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations, arrested Atlanta Police Officer Tahreem Zeus Rana this morning at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport as Rana attempted to flee aboard a flight to Monterrey, Mexico.

Atlanta Police notified CBP Wednesday that Rana, 23, of Hapeville, Ga., was a suspect in a Hapeville murder investigation. CBP immediately examined departing international flight manifests and learned that Rana booked the flight for Mexico today.

CBP officers, Atlanta Police and HSI identified Rana in the boarding area and took him into custody. Rana did not resist. CBP and Atlanta Police transported Rana to the Hapeville Police Department.

“U.S. Customs and Border Protection remains committed to our partnerships with fellow law enforcement agencies and this apprehension significantly illustrates how these partnerships were instrumental in capturing a murder suspects attempting to flee the country,” said Stephen A. Kremer, CBP port director for the Port of Atlanta.

CBP maintains a robust law enforcement posture at our nation’s 328 international ports of entry and routinely conducts inspection operations on arriving and departing international travelers and cargo. In addition to arresting wanted fugitives, CBP removes immigration law violators, and intercepts narcotics, weapons, unreported currency, prohibited agriculture products and other illicit items.

Visit CBP’s Travel section to learn rules governing travel to and from the U.S.

Visit CBP’s Border Security section to learn how CBP secures our nation’s borders at our air, land and sea ports of entry.

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