ATLANTA – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in separate incidents arrested four travelers on outstanding arrest warrants on Thursday and Friday. The U.S. citizens had either arrived or attempted to board flights leaving the United States at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL).
“U.S. Customs & Border Protection officers work around the clock at a very busy Atlanta international airport, and sometimes encounter travelers wanted on outstanding arrest warrants,” said Carey Davis, CBP Port Director for the Area Port of Atlanta. “CBP remains steadfast and vigilant to return fugitives to these wanting jurisdiction to face their charges.”
CBP examines flight manifests and sometimes encounters passengers in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database with outstanding arrest warrants. NCIC is a centralized automated database designed to share information among law enforcement agencies including outstanding warrants for a wide range of offenses.
CBP officers contacted the wanting law enforcement agency, confirmed the warrants remained active, and initiated the extradition process. The four fugitives that CBP arrested at ATL are:
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