Chicago - Chicago Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at O'Hare Airport apprehended a wanted Kansas City man after he arrived on a flight from London, England on Friday. While conducting a routine check, O'Hare CBP officers found that Andrew Heimann, 20, was the subject of an outstanding National Criminal Information Center (NCIC) arrest warrant for felony theft and larceny charges out of Kansas City, Mo. After confirming his identity and warrant with authorities, CBP officers turned Heimann over to the Chicago Police Department to await extradition to Kansas City.
The NCIC is a centralized automated database designed to share information among law enforcement agencies. Each year, CBP apprehends wanted criminals at and between ports of entry with the assistance of the NCIC which contains a variety of records including data received from Federal, state and local law enforcement.
"The use of a law enforcement databases and intelligence by CBP officers in international ports of entry is extremely instrumental in the apprehension of wanted and sometime very dangerous individuals seeking to enter this country," said David Murphy, CBP Director of Field Operations in Chicago. "This is another good example of the vital work done by CBP at international airports in order to keep this country safe."
The Customs and Border Protection mission is to keep terrorists and their weapons from entering the United States. While welcoming all legitimate travelers and trade, CBP officers also enforce all applicable U.S. laws to prevent narcotics, agricultural pests and smuggled goods from entering 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.