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Dulles CBP Arrests Three Wanted Fugitives on Drugs, Larceny, and Sex Offense Charges

Release Date: 
March 28, 2017

STERLING, Va. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested three wanted persons at Washington Dulles International Airport over the weekend.

  • Oguzhan Baris Sagir, 35, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., on Montgomery County, Md., charges of felony theft, larceny, and misleading and false statement to an officer.  Officers arrested Sagir on Saturday as he attempted to board a flight to Germany.
     
  • Joshua Kucey, 43, of Centennial, Colo., on Arapahoe County, Colo., charges of dangerous drugs, burglary, theft, criminal mischief, and obstructing a peace officer. Officers arrested Kucey on Saturday as he attempted to board a flight to the United Kingdom.
     
  • Israel Antonio Morales, 59, of Silver Spring, Md., on Montgomery County, Md., sex offense charges.  Officers arrested Morales on Friday after he arrived aboard a flight from El Salvador.

In all three arrests, CBP officers confirmed with the wanting jurisdiction that the warrant remained active, verified the subject’s identity, and turned all three over to Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police officers.

“These warrant arrests illustrate how Customs and Border Protection collaborates with our law enforcement partners to return fugitives to justice, protect victims’ rights, and to help keep our communities safe,” said Wayne Biondi, CBP’s Port Director for the Port of Washington Dulles.

CBP officer on duty at a U.S. port of entry.
CBP officer on duty at a U.S. port
of entry.

Charges and allegations contained in criminal complaints are merely accusations.  Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

“Customs and Border Protection’s border security authority is unique in that it identifies for us who and what are coming to our nation,” said Casey Owen Durst, CBP’s Field Operations Director in Baltimore, the agency’s operational commander in the mid-Atlantic region.  “Our border security authority helps CBP to enforce more than 400 laws and regulations for more than 40 agencies, and it is vital to conducting our primary homeland security mission.”

Also on Friday, CBP officers arrested the alleged “Incognito Bandit,” Albert Taderera, 36, of Brighton, Mass., who is suspected of robbing 16 banks in the Boston area.  Taderera was attempting to flee to South Africa when CBP officers arrested him at the departure gate at Washington Dulles International Airport.

CBP officers routinely examine passenger manifests of arriving and departing international flights and sometimes encounter persons requiring additional inspectional scrutiny. On a typical day during 2016, CBP officers arrested 22 wanted criminals at our nation’s 328 international ports of entry. Learn more about what CBP's accomplishes in "A Typical Day."

CBP Office of Field Operations routinely conducts inspection operations on arriving and departing international flights and intercepts narcotics, weapons, currency, prohibited agriculture products, and other illicit items at our nation’s 328 international ports of entry.

Learn how CBP's Office of Field Operations secures our nation's borders at international Ports of Entry.

Last modified: 
March 29, 2017