BALTIMORE — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested two cruise ship passengers Sunday at the Baltimore Cruise Port on outstanding arrest warrants from Pennsylvania and Maryland.
Christopher Main, 28, of Aliquippa, Pa., was wanted by the Butler County, Pa., Sheriff’s Department for contempt of court and theft.
Christopher Turner, 45, of Lanham, Md., was wanted by Montgomery County, Md., for failing to appear on assault charges.
During both arrests, CBP confirmed with the wanting jurisdiction that the warrant and extradition remained active, and verified both men’s identity as a match to the warrants. CBP officers turned both men, who were traveling with separate groups, over to Maryland Transportation Authority Police officers.
As the nation’s border security agency, Custom and Border Protection sometimes encounters travelers with arrests warrants arriving to United States’ ports of entry.
“The last thing a traveler wants to experience after a pleasant vacation cruise is to be arrested,” said Dianna Bowman, CBP Area Port Director for the Port of Baltimore. “The lesson to those with outstanding arrest warrants is to know that Customs and Border Protection officers will identify you upon your arrival to the U.S., and return you to custody to face your charges.”
On average, CBP arrests 22 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.
Travelers are encouraged to visit CBP’s Travel website to learn rules, tips and advice to help quickly complete their CBP international arrivals inspection.
Criminal charges are merely allegations. Defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.
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.