STERLING, Va. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Washington Dulles International Airport arrested two fugitives Tuesday.
Edwin Zolano Salazar, 24, of Alexandria, Va., arrived on a flight from El Salvador. CBP officers determined Salazar to be subject to an arrest warrant issued by the Fairfax County Sherriff’s Office for failure to pay child support. The officers verified the validity of the warrant and confirmed extradition. Salazar was arrested by CBP and turned over to Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority police for extradition.
CBP placed an immigration detainer on Salazar, who holds permanent resident status in the U.S., which ensures that he is returned to CBP upon the adjudication of any charges for further immigration processing.
Later that day Jude Mark Nelson, 50, of Silver Spring, Md., was boarding a flight to Ethiopia. CBP officers determined Nelson to be subject to an arrest warrant issued by the Montgomery County Police Department for theft, burglary, and assault in the 2nd degree. The officers verified the validity of the warrant and confirmed extradition. Nelson was arrested by CBP and turned over to Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority police for extradition.
“CBP remains ever vigilant in intercepting those travelers that our laws identify as needing further scrutiny,” said Wayne Biondi CBP port director for the Port of Washington Dulles.
CBP conducts inspection operations and intercepts currency, weapons, prohibited agriculture products or other illicit items, and on average arrests 22 wanted persons a day at U. S. ports of entry nationwide.
Travelers are encouraged to visit CBP’s Travel website to learn rules governing travel to and from the U.S.
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.