DALLAS – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport arrested a military deserter with an active warrant, July 28.
Mark Arellano, 31, was returning to the United States at the Toronto, Canada preclearance port. CBP officers in Toronto alerted DFW CBP officers of his arrival and active warrant. CBP officers arrested Arellano when he arrived in Dallas.
Arellano, a US citizen, is the subject of an outstanding federal arrest warrant issued through the United States Army Deserter Information Point. The charge listed with the United States Army, Office of the Provost Marshal General was for Military Desertion.
“If during the course of our official duties, we encounter a person wanted by another a law enforcement agency, we will take the necessary steps to intercept and arrest that person,” said Dallas CBP Port Director Cleatus Hunt. “CBP officers routinely work with other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and this arrest is a recent example of the efforts taken in carrying out our law enforcement duties.”
CBP officers turned Arellano over to the local authorities who will turn him over to the U.S. Army for extradition to Fort Hood, Texas.
On a typical day in 2014, CBP officers arrested 21 wanted persons per day at U.S. ports of entry around the country. Additional statistical information about a typical day in CBP is available for fiscal year 2014 and previous years.
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.