PHILADELPHIA — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) arrested two fugitives at ports of entry in Philadelphia and northern Virginia Saturday who are accused of assaulting law enforcement officers. The fugitives and the alleged assault charges are separate and unrelated.
Asher Bashir, 44, of Clifford Township, Pa., arrived at Philadelphia International Airport on a flight from Abu Dhabi. CBP officers determined Bashir to be subject to an arrest warrant issued by the Gibson, Pa. Police Department for Aggravated Assault of a Police Officer. The officers verified the validity of the warrant and confirmed extradition. Bashir was arrested by CBP and turned over to Tinicum Township, Pa. Police for extradition.
Brandon David Brewer, 24, of Norfolk, Va., arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport on a flight from Japan. CBP officers determined Brewer to be subject to an arrest warrant issued by the Virginia Beach, Va. Police Department for Assault and Battery of a Law Enforcement Officer. CBP officers verified the validity of the warrant and confirmed extradition. CBP officers arrested Brewer and turned him over to Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police for extradition.
“We were pleased to stand by our local law enforcement partners and bring these fugitives to justice,” said Augustine Moore Director of Field Operations for the Baltimore Field Office. “CBP remains 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 arrests 22 wanted persons a day at U. S. Ports of entry nationwide.
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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.