STERLING, Va., – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested Aaron Fraser, 32, of Indian Head, Md., on second-degree assault charges out of Charles County, Md., after Fraser arrived to Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) from Doha, Qatar on Thursday.
Fraser is a U.S. lawful permanent resident and a citizen of South Africa.
“As the nation’s border security agency, Customs and Border Protection sometimes encounter travelers with outstanding arrest warrants and works to return them to the jurisdiction of their criminal charges,” said Wayne Biondi, CBP Port Director for the Area Port of Washington Dulles. “These warrant arrests are examples of CBP’s collaboration with our law enforcement partners to protect victims’ rights, return fugitives to justice, and to help keep our communities safe.”
CBP officers examine passenger manifests on arriving international flights before those flights land. CBP works with the wanting jurisdiction to verify that the warrant and extradition order remain active. CBP officers then verify that the traveler is the subject of the warrant, and works with local law enforcement to initiate extradition to the wanting jurisdiction.
On average, CBP arrests 23 wanted persons every day at air, land and sea ports of entry across the United States.
CBP routinely conducts inspection operations on arriving and departing international flights and intercepts narcotics, weapons, currency, prohibited agriculture products, and other illicit items. View CBP Snapshot to learn some of what CBP achieves ‘On a Typical Day.’
Travelers are encouraged to visit CBP’s Travel website to learn rules, tips and advice to help quickly complete their CBP international arrivals inspection. Learn more about how CBP secures our nation's borders at www.CBP.gov.
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.