STERLING, Va. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) at Washington Dulles International Airport arrested a Peruvian citizen Thursday who was wanted by the Fairfax, Va. County Police Department for assault.
Jose Isidoro Mezarina Tantas, 54, a citizen of Peru and U.S. permanent resident living in Gaithersburg, Md., arrived on a flight from Panama. CBP officers determined Tantas to be the subject of an arrest warrant issued by the Fairfax Police for assault. Officers verified the validity of the warrant and confirmed extradition. CBP officers arrested Tantas and turned him over to Fairfax County Police officers.
CBP placed an immigration detainer on Tantas, who holds U.S. permanent resident status, which ensures that he is returned to CBP upon the adjudication of any charges for further immigration processing.
“We are pleased to stand by our state and local law enforcement partners,” said Wayne Biondi CBP Area Port Director for the Port of Washington Dulles. “CBP remains ever vigilant in intercepting those travelers that our laws identify as needing further scrutiny.”
CBP conducts inspection operations and intercepts currency, weapons, prohibited agriculture products and 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.