Philadelphia — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested a South Lake Tahoe, Calif., man at Philadelphia International Airport Thursday who is wanted on robbery charges by the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office in Placerville, Calif.
Stephen Pearson, 38, arrived from Zurich, Switzerland and was referred to a secondary inspection. CBP officers verified that Pearson’s arrest warrant remained active and confirmed Pearson’s identity. CBP officers delivered Pearson to Tinicum Township, Pa., Police Department to initiate extradition proceedings.
“As our nation’s premier border security agency, Customs and Border Protection officers regularly identify arriving and departing wanted persons at our international ports of entry, and return them to our law enforcement partners to face their criminal charges,” said Tarance Drafts, Acting CBP Port Director for the Area Port of Philadelphia.
CBP conducts inspection operations and intercepts currency, weapons, prohibited agriculture products or other illicit items, and on average makes 54 criminal arrests a day at U. S. ports of entry nationwide.
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.