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CBP Arrests Philadelphia Man on Strong Arm Rape Charges

Release Date: 
October 2, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Philadelphia man at Philadelphia International Airport Monday who was wanted by the Philadelphia Police Department on rape charges.

A file photo of the back patch of a CBP officer in an airport environment.CBP officers detained Edgar Joel Vargas, 21, after Vargas arrived Philadelphia International Airport on a flight from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Officers confirmed that Vargas was the wanted person and confirmed with Philadelphia Police that the warrant remained active. CBP turned Vargas over to Philadelphia Police officers.

“This arrest illustrates how Customs and Border Protection supports our law enforcement partners by intercepting wanted fugitives,” said Casey Durst, CBP’s Director of Field Operations in Baltimore. “As the nation’s border security agency, CBP remains vigilant and our officers are highly trained to guard our nation against dangerous people, deadly drugs, and other illicit products that could potentially harm our nation and our communities.”

 Criminal charges are merely allegations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

On a typical day last year, CBP processed more than one million travelers who arrived at airports, seaports and land border crossings across the United States, and arrested 75 wanted criminals at U.S. ports of entry. See what else CBP accomplished during a typical day in 2018.

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Last modified: 
October 2, 2019