BALTIMORE—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Louisiana man, wanted by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office for charges of rape of a child, at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshal Airport (BWI) Thursday.
CBP officers turned David Murray, 45, of Mandeville, La., over to the custody of Louisiana Army National Guard members to be deactivated and extradited to Louisiana. Murray had arrived on a military charter flight from Germany.
"Customs and Border Protection works closely with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners to identify and arrest fugitives from justice," said Ricardo Scheller Port Director for the Port of Baltimore.
CBP officers examine passenger manifests before international flights land and identify travelers who may require additional inspectional scrutiny. CBP officers occasionally encounter travelers with outstanding arrest warrants and alert the arresting jurisdiction.
CBP officers in the Port of Baltimore arrested 44 persons at BWI and at the seaport during fiscal year 2012, including 37 persons on outstanding arrest warrants.
CBP routinely conducts inspection operations on arriving and departing international travelers and searches for terrorist weapons, illicit narcotics, unreported currency, prohibited agriculture products and other prohibited items.
Criminal complaints are only charges and not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty.
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.