Atlanta - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport arrested an individual wanted for murder, officials announced today.
The arrest occurred yesterday when CBP officers encountered 51-year-old U.S. citizen Richard B. Allen arriving from Caracas, Venezuela. During routine inspection, CBP officers discovered that Allen was wanted on murder charges out of Las Vegas.
After Allen was identified and the warrant confirmed, he was arrested and turned over to Atlanta Police Department.
"While our primary mission is anti-terrorism, we are also committed to securing our homeland through the prevention of criminal elements entering our society," said Stephen Kremer, area port director in Atlanta.
On a typical day in fiscal year 2009, CBP arrested 107 criminals at ports of entry.
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.