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Dulles CBP Arrests Money Laundering Suspect

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STERLING, VA.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Washington Dulles International Airport arrested an Indian citizen Monday who was wanted by the Fairfax County, Va. Police Department for a money laundering offense.

Ashvinkumar Rasiklal Patel, 36, who resides in Indian Head, Md., arrived on a flight from Doha, Qatar. CBP officers determined Patel to be subject to a warrant of arrest issued by the Fairfax County Police Department for money laundering. 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," said Frances B. Garcia CBP assistant port director for the Port of Washington. CBP is committed to facilitating legitimate travel; however we stand ever vigilant in identifying those travelers that our laws identify as needing further scrutiny."

CBP placed an immigration detainer on Patel, 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