CHARLOTTE, N.C. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers at Charlotte Douglas International Airport arrested two wanted fugitives last weekend.
CBP officers arrested Shawnette Jones, 35, of Waldorf, MD, on Saturday on Charles County, Md., charges of second degree child abuse and second degree assault. Jones arrived on a flight from Montego Bay, Jamaica.
CBP officers arrested Joe Cason Story Simmons, 30, of Nashville, TN, on Sunday on Houston County, Ga., charges of bail jumping. Simmons arrived on a flight from Cancun, Mexico
CBP turned Jones and Simmons over to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department.
“While Customs and Border Protection’s primary mission is anti-terrorism, our officers are committed to working with state and local law enforcement agencies in an effort to apprehend wanted fugitives,” said Patty Fitzpatrick, CBP Area Port Director in Charlotte. “These arrests demonstrate CBP officer’s vigilance and dedication to securing the homeland and safeguarding our citizens.”
CBP officers examine passenger manifests on arriving international flights before those flights land. CBP works with the wanting jurisdiction to verify that the warrant and extradition order remain active. CBP officers then verify that the traveler is the subject of the warrant, and works with local law enforcement to initiate extradition to the wanting jurisdiction.
On average, CBP arrests 23 wanted persons every day at air, land and sea ports of entry across the United States.
CBP routinely conducts inspection operations on arriving and departing international flights and intercepts narcotics, weapons, currency, prohibited agriculture products, and other illicit items. View CBP Snapshot to learn some of what CBP achieves ‘On a Typical Day.’
Travelers are encouraged to visit CBP’s Travel section to learn rules, tips and advice to help quickly complete their CBP international arrivals inspection. Learn more about how CBP secures our nation's borders at www.CBP.gov.
Criminal charges are merely allegations. Defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.
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.