ATLANTA – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) and George Bush Houston/International Airport (IAH) with assistance from the CBP National Targeting Center (NTC) served a key role in the apprehension of a suspect wanted for manslaughter charges in Texas.
In July, CBP officers from the Atlanta Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team (A-TCET) were alerted by NTC regarding a suspect named in a murder warrant who could be flying out of IAH with the intended destination of Ghana, Africa. CBP officers provided assistance to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) and the Houston Police Department Airport Division which led to the apprehension and arrest of Danny Ray Butts, 24 at IAH prior to boarding a flight to Atlanta.
“A critical component in our homeland security effort is the apprehension of fugitives from justice,” said Reginald Manning, Atlanta Field Office Director. “Our cooperation with local, state and federal partners is valuable to remaining vigilance as we work in keeping communities safe throughout the United States.”
In Houston and at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, CBP officers were in position to ensure he did not board an international flight allowing him to flee the country. LCSO Sheriff Bobby Rader had a similar view. “This was another great example of municipal, county and federal law enforcement working together to bring about a quick apprehension. Even a short delay might have allowed the suspect to flee the country,” said Sheriff Rader.
On average in 2014, CBP officers arrested 21 wanted persons per day at U.S. ports of entry around the country. Additional statistical information about a typical day in CBP is available for fiscal year 2014 and previous years.
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.