Minneapolis - On March 4, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport apprehended a male U.S. Citizen with an extraditable warrant from Minnehaha County, S.D.
Communication between CBP pre-clearance officers in Toronto, Canada and CBP officers in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn., resulted in the arrest of Armin Agic, age 19, of Sioux Falls, S.D., upon arrival at Minneapolis International Airport as the subject of an outstanding arrest warrant for felony larceny.
"The apprehension of this individual was successful due to the coordination between CBP officers in Canada and the United States," said David Murphy, CBP director of field operations in Chicago. "CBP continues to establish itself as an integral part of the law enforcement community through our partnerships with local law enforcement agencies; apprehending those individuals with a criminal background, history, or intent at and between our Ports of Entry and beyond."
CBP has officers stationed at various pre-clearance airports in Canada who enter passengers as they board their flights bound for the U.S. A pre-clearance inspection is the same inspection an individual would experience at any U.S. port of entry, except it is conducted on foreign territory. There are several pre-clearance locations throughout Canada, the Caribbean and Ireland.
CBP officers intercepted Agic prior to deplaning in Minneapolis and identified him as a positive match to the NCIC warrant for felony larceny. NCIC is the abbreviation for National Criminal Information Center and is a centralized automated database designed to share information among law enforcement agencies. CBP officers arrested Agic in coordination with the Minneapolis Airport Police, who turned him over to the Minnehaha County sheriff's department for extradition to Sioux Falls, S.D.
CBP's top priority is to keep terrorists and their weapons from entering the U.S. While welcoming all legitimate travelers and trade, CBP officers enforce all applicable U.S. laws. CBP prevents narcotics, agricultural pests and smuggled goods from entering and exiting the country and also identifies and arrests those with outstanding criminal warrants.
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.