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Atlanta CBP Officers Apprehend Cruise Ship Deserter

Release Date: 
May 24, 2018

ATLANTA. —  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.

CBPO Atlanta remove cruise ship deserter
Atlanta CBP officers escort cruise ship
deserter to his flight home.

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.

View CBP’s enforcement stats On a Typical Day’ at CBP Snapshot. 

To report suspicious activity: Call 800 BE ALERT or (800) 232-5378.

Last modified: 
May 24, 2018