PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested a Philadelphia man on Bensalem, Pa., narcotics charges at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) on Friday.
CBP officers arrested Aaron Wayne Keen, 20, after he deplaned from Freeport, Bahamas. CBP’s Preclearance Station in Freeport notified Philadelphia CBP officers of Keen’s arrival and his outstanding arrest warrant. The Bensalem charges were for manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver dangerous drugs.
CBP officers verified Keen’s identity as the subject of the warrant, and confirmed with Bensalem Police that the warrant remained active. CBP officers then turned Keen over to Bensalem Police officers.
“As the nation’s border security agency, Customs and Border Protection sometimes encounters travelers with outstanding arrest warrants and works to return them to the jurisdiction of their criminal charges,” said Margaret Braunstein, CBP Port Director for the Area Port of Philadelphia. “This warrant arrest is an example of CBP’s collaboration with our law enforcement partners to protect victims’ rights, return fugitives to justice, and to help keep our communities safe.”
CBP officers examine passenger manifests on arriving international flights before those flights land. On average, CBP officers arrest 23 wanted persons every day at air, land and sea ports of entry across the United States.
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 Snapshot to learn some of what CBP achieves ‘On a Typical Day.’
Travelers are encouraged to visit CBP’s Travel section to learn rules, tips and advice to help quickly complete their CBP international arrivals inspection. Learn more about how CBP secures our nation's borders at www.CBP.gov.
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.