ALEXANDRIA BAY, N.Y.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection Field Operations announced today the arrest of a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident wanted on multiple felony charges.
On July 15, CBP officers working at the Alexandria Bay, N.Y. port of entry encountered 23-year-old Yahia Tellat, a citizen of Morocco, and resident of Kissimmee, FL.
Tellat was destined to Ottawa Canada when Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers discovered his warrant from Florida. CBSA immediately refused admission and notified CBP that Tellat would be returning to the U.S.
When Tellat was encountered by CBP, officers were alerted to the active warrant out of Florida for battery, tampering with a witness, depriving the use of 911 and false imprisonment.
CBP officers verified the warrant and confirmed extradition to Florida. Tellat was arrested by CBP and turned over to the custody of the New York State Police pending extradition.
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.