NOGALES, ARIZ.—Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Tucson Field Office arrested a 46-year-old Iraqi national yesterday wanted for murder in Louisville, Ky.
The man was attempting to enter the United States through a pedestrian lane at the Dennis DeConcini Port when officers referred him for additional questioning.
He then told officers he wanted to surrender in connection to an outstanding arrest warrant. A routine records check confirmed his identity and that he was wanted by Louisville Metro Police on charges for homicide, domestic violence, assault, 1st degree domestic violence, burglary, 1st degree tampering with physical evidence, and violation of an emergency protective order/domestic violence order. The subject was immediately taken into custody, processed and turned over to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department.
Individuals arrested are charged with a criminal complaint, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation's ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.
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.