STERLING, Va. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO), at Washington Dulles International Airport arrested two U. S. citizens Friday on outstanding arrest warrants.
Kristopher Jorge Wedderburn, 25, of Waldorf, Md., was scheduled to board a flight to the United Arab Emirates. CBP officers determined Wedderburn to be the subject of an arrest warrant obtained by the Charles County, Md., Sherriff’s Office for first and second degree assault, fourth degree sex offense, theft, and false imprisonment. CBP officers verified the validity of the warrant and confirmed extradition. CBP officers arrested Wedderburn and turned him over to Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority police officers for extradition.
Anant K. Patel, 30, of Richmond, Va., arrived on a flight from Qatar. CBP officers determined Patel to be the subject of an arrest warrant obtained by the Chesterfield County, Va. Sherriff’s Office for embezzlement. CBP officers verified the validity of the warrant and confirmed extradition. CBP officers arrested Patel 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 Wayne Biondi CBP Area Port Director for the Port of Washington Dulles.
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 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.