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Dulles CBP Arrests Alleged Arsonist

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STERLING, VA.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at Washington Dulles International Airport arrested a Honduran citizen Tuesday who was wanted by the Maryland State Police for arson.

Jose Mejia Pineda, 24 of Alexandria, Va., arrived on a flight from El Salvador. CBP officers determined Pineda to be subject to a warrant of arrest issued by the Maryland State Police for arson. The officers verified the validity of the warrant and confirmed extradition. Pineda was arrested by CBP and turned over to Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority police 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 Christopher Hess, port director for the Port of Washington Dulles.

CBP placed an immigration detainer on Pineda, who is a legal permanent resident of the U.S., which ensures that he is returned to CBP upon the adjudication of any charges.

CBP conducts inspection operations and intercepts currency, weapons, prohibited agriculture products or other illicit items, and on average makes 54 criminal arrests 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.


Last Modified: February 3, 2021