BALTIMORE—Officers of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) arrested two fugitives.
Barbara Ann Brown, 50 of West Creek, N.J., arrived at BWI on a flight from the Dominican Republic on September 20. CBP officers determined Brown to be subject to a warrant of arrest issued by the Atlantic County, N.J. Sheriff's Office for Failure to Appear in Court on a charge of Possession with Intent to Distribute Dangerous Drugs. The officers verified the validity of the warrant and confirmed extradition. Brown was arrested by CBP and turned over to Maryland Transportation Authority Police (MTAP) for extradition.
Kedesha Commal Peart, 31 of Laurel, Md., arrived at BWI on a flight from Jamaica September 21. CBP officers determined Peart to be subject to a warrant of arrest issued by the University of Maryland Police Department (College Park) for Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance (marijuana) and Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (marijuana). The officers verified the validity of the warrant and confirmed extradition. During a search of Peart's luggage officers discovered one tablet of oxycodone in a prescription bottle that did match Peart's name and subsequently seized the drug. Peart was arrested by CBP and turned over to MTAP for extradition. The oxycodone was also turned over to MTAP and Peart may face state or local charges for possession of the oxycodone.
CBP placed an immigration detainer on Peart, who is a citizen of Jamaica and a legal permanent resident of the U.S., which ensures that she is returned to CBP upon the adjudication of any charges.
"The United States is a welcoming nation," said Susan Thomas acting CBP port director for the Port of Baltimore. "CBP is committed to facilitating legitimate travel; however we stand ever vigilant in intercepting those travelers that our laws identify as needing further scrutiny."
CBP conducts inspection operations and intercepts currency, weapons, prohibited agriculture products or other illicit items, and on average makes 54 criminal arrests a day at U.S. Ports of entry nationwide.
Travelers are encouraged to visit CBP's Travel website to learn rules governing travel to and from the U.S.
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.