STERLING, Va. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO), at Washington Dulles International Airport arrested a Cameroonian citizen Thursday who was wanted by the Howard County, Md., Police Department for larceny.
Eric Fon Sombong, 37, of Greenbelt, Md., arrived on a flight from Turkey. CBP officers determined Sombong to be subject to an arrest warrant issued by the Howard County Police Department for larceny. CBP officers verified the validity of the warrant and confirmed extradition. CBP officers arrested Sombong and turned him over to Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority police 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 Jerry Ficklin CBP Assistant Port Director for the Port of Washington Dulles.
CBP placed an immigration detainer on Sombong, which ensures that he is returned to CBP upon the adjudication of any charges for further immigration processing.
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 website at to learn rules governing travel to and from the U.S.
Criminal charges are merely allegations. Defendants are presumed innocent until and unless 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.