CHARLESTON, S.C. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers at Charleston’s seaport arrested two individuals wanted for outstanding warrants. The man and woman, both U.S. citizens, arrived on a cruise ship from the Bahamas on Monday.
CBP officers determined Otto Witherspoon, 28, of North Charleston, SC, to be the subject of an arrest warrant for distribution of cocaine. CBP officers verified the validity of the warrant and turned Witherspoon over to North Charleston Police Department
In addition, CBP officers determined Keshanda Mazyck, 37, of St. Stephen, SC, to be the subject of an arrest warrant for narcotics possession. CBP officers verified the validity of the warrant and turned Mazyck over to Bonneau Police Department. These individuals did not know each other and were traveling in separate parties.
“As the nation’s border security agency, Customs and Border Protection at times encounters travelers with outstanding arrest warrants and works to return them to the jurisdiction that initiated their criminal charges,” said Charleston Area Port Director Robert Fencel. “We work closely and effectively with our local and state law enforcement partners to accomplish that mission together.”
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 U.S. while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. CBP conducts inspection operations and intercepts currency, weapons, prohibited agriculture products and other illicit items, and on average arrests 21 wanted persons a day at U.S. ports of entry nationwide. View CBP Snapshot to learn some of what CBP achieves “On a Typical Day.”
Criminal charges are merely allegations. Defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Travelers are encouraged to visit CBP’s Travel section to learn rules governing travel to and from the United States.
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.