BOSTON — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO), at Boston Logan International Airport arrested a man yesterday with an active felony warrant.
The 27-year-old U.S. Citizen and Boston resident, identified as Chidi Ebere Odimegwu, arriving on a flight from Nigeria was the subject of an active warrant out of the Boston Police Department for Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon. CBP officers verified the validity of the warrant, arrested Odimegwu upon arrival and turned him over to the BPD Fugitive Unit.
“As part of their full law enforcement capacity at ports of entry, CBP officers routinely encounter individuals who may require additional scrutiny, including those with active warrants.” said CBP Boston Director of Field Operations William A. Ferrara. “In cases like this we work hand in hand with our local law enforcement partners to arrest these wanted individuals and turn them over to the jurisdiction of their criminal charge. This was a great collaborative arrest and I commend the coordinated and professional response by both CBP and BPD officers.”
CBP routinely conducts inspection operations on arriving and departing international flights, arrests an average of 22 wanted persons a day at U.S. ports of entry nationwide and intercepts narcotics, weapons, currency, prohibited agriculture products, and other illicit items. During Fiscal Year 2016, CBP officers across the Boston Field Office conducted more than 250 arrests of individuals wanted for crimes ranging from homicide and assault and battery to sexual assault of a minor and possession of illegal weapons. View the CBP Snapshot to learn more of what CBP achieves ‘On a Typical Day.’
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.