Sterling, Va. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at Washington Dulles International Airport arrested a U.S. citizen Thursday who was wanted by the Tarrant County, Texas Sheriff’s Office for a probation violation stemming from an original charge of possession of marijuana, 4 ounces – 5 pounds.
Amit Avindkumar Patel, 21 of Arlington, Texas, arrived on a flight from the United Arab Emirates. CBP officers determined Patel to be subject to a warrant of arrest issued by the Tarrant County, Texas Sheriff’s Office for a probation violation stemming from an original charge of possession of marijuana, 4 ounces – 5 pounds. The officers verified the validity of the warrant and confirmed extradition. Patel 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 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.