BALTIMORE—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested a Maryland man at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport Friday morning on Montgomery County charges of second degree assault and destruction of property as the man boarded a flight to Cancun, Mexico.
CBP officers confirmed the arrest warrant to be active and arrested Juan Esparza, 27, of Ijamsville, Md. Esparza was traveling with his wife, who reportedly filed the charges. Officers turned Esparza over to Maryland Transportation Authority Police.
"Customs and Border Protection officers take very seriously our role as federal law enforcement officers, including arresting and returning wanted fugitives to justice," said Sheryl Monette, acting CBP Port Director for the Port of Baltimore.
CBP vets passenger manifests on arriving and departing international flights and identifies passengers who may require additional scrutiny, including those with outstanding arrest warrants. CBP officers at the Port of Baltimore, which includes the airport and seaport, recorded 44 arrests during fiscal year 2012, which ended Sept. 30, 2012.
CBP also conducts inspection operations on arriving and departing international flights, and intercepts currency, weapons, prohibited agriculture products or other illicit items.
To learn more about CBP's Border Security and Travel enforcement missions, please visit CBP.gov.
Criminal complaints are only charges and not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty.
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.