PHILADELPHIA — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a U.S. man at Philadelphia International Airport Thursday on felony child sexual exploitation charges from Overland Park Station, Kansas.
Officers arrested Abdul Jaleel Dar, 40, a U.S. citizen whose last known address was in Kansas, after he arrived on a flight from the United Kingdom.
"This criminal charge is a very serious and disturbing allegation. Customs and Border Protection collaborates with our law enforcement partners to return fugitives to justice, to protect victims' rights, and to help keep our communities safe," said Shawn Polley, Acting CBP Port Director for the Area Port of Philadelphia.
While vetting the passenger manifest of the incoming flight, CBP officers identified Dar as a possible subject of a 2013 felony arrest warrant. CBP verified the warrant with the Overland Park Station Police and confirmed that Kansas authorities desired to extradite Dar. CBP then verified Dar’s identity upon his arrival and arrested him. CBP turned Dar over to local authorities to initiate extradition proceedings.
Charges and allegations contained in criminal complaints are merely accusations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
“As the nation’s border security agency, Customs and Border Protection is charged with identifying people and shipments that pose potential threats or require additional inspectional scrutiny before they arrive to the United States,” said Casey Owen Durst, CBP’s Field Operations Director in Baltimore, the agency’s operational commander in the mid-Atlantic region.
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.
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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.