STERLING, Va. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO), at Washington Dulles International Airport arrested a U.S. citizen and a Moroccan citizen November 18, who were wanted on local arrest warrants.
A 44 year-old Moroccan man arrived on a flight from Morocco. CBP officers determined him to be the subject of an arrest warrant obtained by the Arlington County, Va. Police Department for failure to appear on a disorderly conduct charge. CBP officers verified the validity of the warrant and confirmed extradition. CBP officers arrested the man and turned him over to Washington Metropolitan Airport Authority officers for extradition.
CBP placed an immigration detainer on the man, who is a U.S. resident, which ensures that he is returned to CBP upon the adjudication of any charges for further immigration processing.
Later in the day, a 32 year-old U.S. citizen arrived on a flight from Mexico. CBP officers determined the man to be the subject of an arrest warrant also from the Arlington County Police Department for failure to appear on a charge of making false reports. CBP officers verified the validity of the warrant and confirmed extradition. CBP officers arrested the man and turned him over to Washington Metropolitan Airport Authority officers for extradition.
“The United States is a welcoming nation; however, CBP remains ever vigilant in intercepting those travelers that our laws identify as needing further scrutiny,” said Wayne Biondi CBP Area Port Director for the Port of Washington Dulles.
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.
Travelers are encouraged to visit CBP’s Travel section to learn rules governing travel to and from the U.S.
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.