Atlanta CBP Officers Apprehend Cruise Ship Deserter
— U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers in Atlanta worked with CBP New Orleans to apprehend a cruise ship member Tuesday at the Amtrak station in Atlanta, GA.
On May 21, Carnival vessel agent alerted CBP New Orleans Field Office that Gentian Kurdina, 23, an Albania national failed to return to the cruise ship docked at Port of New Orleans.
CBP New Orleans and Atlanta officers coordinated during the investigation and search for this deserter that included responding to the arrival of an Amtrak train that departed New Orleans destined for New York City. CBP officers from Atlanta boarded the Amtrak train late Tuesday, identified Kurdina, and took him into custody for removal from the U.S.
"U.S. Customs and Border Protection maintains a high level of vigilance and works closely with a myriad of law enforcement partners as part of efforts to manage our borders," said Steven Stavinoha Director, New Orleans Office of Field Operations. "This is just the latest example of the men and women of CBP working hard every day to secure our borders and keep our Nation safe."
As America’s unified border agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) protects the United States against terrorist threats and prevents the illegal entry of people and dangerous materials into the United States, while facilitating lawful travel and trade. On average, CBP arrests 21 wanted persons at air, land and sea ports of entry across the United States. Additionally, CBP routinely conducts inspection operations on arriving and departing international flights and intercepts narcotics, weapons, currency, prohibited agriculture products, and other illicit items.
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.