STERLING, Va. — U. S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) at Washington Dulles International Airport arrested two alleged child sex offenders this week.
Eric Adrian Puig, 42, of Enoch, Utah arrived on a flight from Dubai, United Arab Emirates on April 9. CBP officers determined Puig to be the subject of a U. S. Marshals Service arrest warrant for rape of a minor. The officers verified the validity of the warrant and confirmed extradition. Puig was arrested by CBP and turned over to Deputy U. S. Marshals.
David Mendieta, 59, of Silver Spring, Md. arrived on a flight from Panama City, Panama on April 11. CBP officers determined Mendieta to be the subject of a Montgomery County, Md. arrest warrant for multiple charges of sexual abuse on a child. The officers verified the validity of the warrant and confirmed extradition. Mendieta was arrested by CBP and turned over to Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority police for extradition.
"The United States is a welcoming nation," said Christopher Hess CBP Port Director for the Port of Washington. "And CBP is committed to facilitating legitimate travel; however we stand ever vigilant in identifying those travelers that our laws identify as needing further scrutiny."
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.