Atlanta - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport affected the arrest of a Royal Saudi Air Force captain wanted in Mississippi for robbery with use of a deadly weapon, officials announced today.
CBP officers were notified by CBP's National Targeting Center that Eid Sulaiman Albalawi was attempting exit from the U.S. via JFK through Atlanta. Albalawi entered the U.S. as a foreign government official on business in early October.
After Albalawi was identified and the warrant for him confirmed by CBP, he was arrested by the Atlanta Police Department.
"This latest arrest took place due to the coordinated efforts and shared information between multiple agencies to enable immediate action to apprehend the suspect," said Robert Gomez, director of field operations in Atlanta.
The NTC began around-the-clock operations on November 10, 2001, to provide tactical targeting and analytical research in support of anti-terrorism efforts.
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.