STERLING, VA.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at Washington Dulles International Airport arrested a U.S. citizen Wednesday who was wanted by the Loudoun County, Va. Sheriff's Office for fraud and identity theft.
Reza Rafie, 55 of Saint Petersburg, Fla., arrived on a flight from Qatar. CBP officers determined Rafie to be subject to a warrant of arrest issued by the Loudoun County, Va. Sheriff's Office for fraud and identity theft. The officers verified the validity of the warrant and confirmed extradition. Rafie was arrested by CBP and turned over to Loudon County Sheriff's Office Deputies.
"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 Frances B. Garcia, acting 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 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.
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.