CBP at Peace and Rainbow Bridges work with partners on arrests
Buffalo, N.Y. — Today, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the arrest of two wanted felons over the holiday weekend.
On Nov. 8, CBP officers working at the Peace Bridge encountered 53-year-old Jameel Muzaffar, a citizen of the United States and resident of Harwood, Ill.
Muzaffar arrived at the Peace Bridge in the custody of the Toronto Police Fugitive Task Force on Friday afternoon. Previous arrangements were made between the Toronto Police Department and CBP for the return of Muzaffar in order for him to face charges in the United States.
Muzaffar was found to be wanted in Chicago for fraud charges. Once CBP officers verified the warrant and confirmed extradition to Illinois, Muzaffar was arrested by CBP and subsequently turned over to the custody of the Buffalo Police Department pending extradition.
Also on Nov. 8, CBP officers working at the Rainbow Bridge encountered 50-year-old Lisa Liotta, a citizen of Canada and resident of Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Liotta arrived at the Rainbow Bridge claiming to be traveling to Pennsylvania. Upon her arrival, CBP officers were alerted to an active warrant for forgery of checks from the Baltimore County Police Department in Towson, Md.
CBP officers verified the warrant after a fingerprint search and confirmed extradition to Maryland. Liotta was subsequently arrested by CBP and turned over to the custody of the Niagara Falls Police Department.
CBP is responsible for securing our borders while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel into and out of the United States. We also assist and support the law enforcement efforts of our state, local, tribal, federal and international partners on both sides of the border, as we carry out our traditional border-related responsibilities. We will continue to collaborate, and actively share intelligence and information as we work together to ensure the security of our mutually shared border and the safety of our communities.
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.