By Maria-Jose Subiria
Three people, wanted on drug or stalking charges, were arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), on Monday, at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, according to CBP officials.
All three arrests occurred while CBP officers were conducting routine inspections of international passengers arriving and departing at the world's busiest airport, officials said.
Those arrested were apprehended and turned over to the Atlanta Police Department for extradition, after they were identified and the warrants were confirmed, officials added.
"Arresting wanted fugitives is one of the many jobs CBP officers do to protect our citizens on a daily basis," said Stephen Kremer, port director for the Port of Atlanta, in a written statement.
Officials said the first person arrested was Matthew Bader, a 33-year-old American citizen, who arrived at the airport from Saint Lucia, and was wanted by authorities for two counts of marijuana possession with an intent to distribute, and for interference with government property.
Following Bader, 32-year-old Kansas Serritt, a citizen of the United States, who was wanted for aggravated stalking, was arrested, said officials. Serritt arrived from Honduras, and was taken into custody by CBP officers.
Todd Brown, a 38-year-old American citizen, was the last individual to be arrested by the CBP, on Monday. Brown was arrested by CBP authority while departing to Germany, from Hartsfield-Jackson, said officials. He was wanted by authorities on drug charges.
More than 9,500 criminals, according to officials, wanted for a variety of charges, such as murder, rape and child molestation, were arrested at CBP ports of entry nationwide, during the 2009 fiscal year.