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7 fugitives nabbed at Southern California airports in 3 days by Customs and Border Protection officers

July 20, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested seven fugitives within a three-day time period this week, the agency announced.

One person was apprehended on his way to Mexico. The others were arrested arriving from England, Panama, Philippines, Mexico, South Korea and Thailand.

Six were arrested at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), and one was apprehended at John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Santa Ana.

The offenses included sexual assault, child neglect, burglary, trademark counterfeiting, drug trafficking, drug possession and traffic violations.

CBP released the following details Friday:

On July 16, Joshua Chase Johnson arrived at SNA from Los Cabos, Mexico. The 30-year-old U.S. citizen had an outstanding warrant for traffic violations from Nevada, plus a failure to appear bench warrant from California.

On July 17, at approximately 3:50 p.m., 28-year-old Bryan Benjamin Lalezari was intercepted at LAX as he arrived from Panama. Lelezari, a U.S. citizen, had a dangerous drugs arrest warrant by Beverly Hills Police Department.

Also on July 17, at approximately 4:14 p.m., Kim Minsoo, was apprehended at LAX as he arrived from South Korea after CBP officers confirmed that that the 63-year-old Korean national had a trademark counterfeiting probation violation arrest warrant from Bergen County Sheriff's Office in Hackensack, New Jersey.

On July 18, around 10 a.m., Wesley Henry Thomason was intercepted at LAX as he arrived from Guadalajara, Mexico. The 39-year-old, U.S. citizen had an outstanding warrant from the state of Virginia for failure to appear on charges of indecent liberties with a minor, carnal knowledge of a child, manufacturing explicit material and possession of a controlled drug.

Two hours and 20 minutes later, passenger Ricardo Estrada was apprehended at LAX as he was about to board a plane in route to Guadalajara, Mexico. The 33-year-old U.S. citizen faces drug charges from San Fernando, California, Police Department.

That same afternoon, at approximately 4:50 p.m., CBP officers intercepted Safiullah Tokh as he arrived at LAX from London, England. The 18-year-old U.S. citizen had an outstanding arrest warrant for burglary charges from New York Police Department.

On July 19, at approximately 3:45 p.m., Jeffery Lynn Bullock was apprehended as he arrived from Bangkok, Thailand. Bullock, a 46-year-old U.S. citizen, had an outstanding warrant for child neglect from Ohio.

CBP apprehended a total of 499 suspects in Los Angeles in 2011, according to the agency.

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