Buffalo, N.Y. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Field Operations announced the arrest of a United States citizen wanted on Criminal Sexual Conduct charges.
CBP Officers received notification from Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) on Tuesday that Michael Richardson, a 44-year-old United States citizen from Saint Clair, Michigan was being deported from Canada and returned to the United States. Mr. Richardson attempted to enter Canada via the Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Canada on a flight from Germany but was detained by CBSA because of the existence of an active U.S. warrant for Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor. Mr. Richardson was subsequently given an order of deportation from Canada and returned to the United States via the Peace Bridge border crossing in Buffalo.
Upon his return to the United States, CBP Officers verified the validity of the warrant and confirmed the extradition. The warrant was issued by the Saint Clair County Sherriff's Office on Dec. 29, 2010. Mr. Richardson was arrested by CBP and turned over to the custody of the Buffalo Police Department pending extradition to Michigan.
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.