CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Two unrelated travelers returning from overseas quickly found themselves taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Charlotte Douglas International Airport on Thursday on charges of felony narcotics possession and intimidation of witnesses.
CBP officers arrested:
Ryan Pett, 38, of Coons Rapid, Minn., for felony narcotics possession charges out of Anoka County, Minnesota. Pett arrived from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Trevor Brown, 57, of Pittsburgh, for intimidation of witnesses or victims (included stalking) charges out of Pennsylvania. Brown arrived from Montego Bay, Jamaica.
“While our primary mission is anti-terrorism, our Customs and Border Protection officers are also committed to working with state and local law enforcement agencies in an effort to apprehend wanted fugitives,” said Patti Fitzpatrick U.S. Customs and Border Protection Area Port Director in Charlotte. “These arrests demonstrate vigilance and dedication exercised every day by CBP officers to secure our homeland and safeguard our citizens.”
CBP officers verified the identities of both subjects, confirmed that the warrants are active, and turned them over to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department for extradition.
CBP conducts routine inspection operations on arriving international travelers and intercepts narcotics, unreported currency, weapons, prohibited agriculture products and other illicit items.
On a typical day, CBP officers arrest 21 wanted persons every day at ports of entry around the U.S. Click on typical day to learn what else CBP does on an average day to help secure our nation.
Criminal charges are merely allegations. Defendants are presumed innocent until 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.