Detroit - During the month of September 2012, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Detroit Metropolitan Airport intercepted a wanted fugitive for child pornography and apprehended two registered sex offenders as they attempted to depart the United States.
The first attempt took place on September 6, when CBP Officers conducting outbound enforcement operations received information regarding a male subject that was an out of compliance sex offender. The subject was intercepted by CBP officers trying to board a flight to Amman, Jordan. The subject was denied boarding, taken into custody, and turned over to the U.S. Marshals Service.
On September 7, CBP Officers were conducting outbound enforcement operations when they intercepted a wanted child pornography fugitive as he attempted to board a connecting flight to Incheon, Korea. CBP detained the subject who was ultimately arrested by the FBI.
The final event took place on September 10, when CBP Officers working an outbound flight to Frankfurt, Germany, intercepted another registered sex offender who was attempting to leave the country. The subject was denied boarding by CBP Officers, and turned over to the Michigan State Police.
"U.S. Customs and Border Protection is dedicated to protecting our country from threats that pose a danger to our society. CBP's efforts and cooperation with other federal and state partners in these cases are just examples of the much larger scope of our mission to protect the American people," stated Devin Chamberlain, Port Director.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.