Sterling, Va. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Washington Dulles International Airport arrested two Virginia men over the weekend who were wanted on Virginia charges of animal cruelty and grand larceny.
CBP officers arrested Christopher Wayne Copeland, 36, of Boyce, Va., after he arrived Saturday on a flight from Dubai. Copeland was wanted in Clarke County, Va., Sheriff’s Office for animal cruelty. CBP officers confirmed Copeland’s identity and confirmed that the arrest warrant remained active. CBPO turned Copeland over to Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority officers.
CBP officers arrested Musa Conteh, 52, of Lorton, Va., after he arrived Friday on a flight from the United Kingdom. Conteh was wanted in Fairfax, Va., on grand larceny charges. CBP officers confirmed Conteh’s identity and confirmed that the arrest warrant remained active. CBP turned Conteh over to Fairfax County Police officers.
“Customs and Border Protection officers maintain a vigilant watch on our nation’s borders and from time to time we encounter travelers wanted for a variety of criminal offenses. We work diligently with our law enforcement partners to return wanted travelers to face their criminal charges,” said Christopher Hess, CBP Port Director for the Port of Washington Dulles.
CBP conducts inspection operations and intercepts currency, weapons, prohibited agriculture products or 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.