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Hapeville murder suspect arrested en route to Mexico
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August 28, 2014 12:14 PM | 2902 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, working closely with the Atlanta Police Department, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security Investigations, arrested Atlanta police officer Tahreem Zeus Rana this morning at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport as Rana attempted to board a flight to Monterrey, Mexico.

Atlanta police notified customs Wednesday that Rana, 23, of Hapeville, was a suspect in a Hapeville investigation into the Aug. 22 shooting death of Vernicia Woodard, 26.

Customs immediately examined departing international flight manifests and learned that Rana booked the flight for Mexico today.

Customs officers, Atlanta police and Homeland identified Rana in the boarding area and took him into custody.

Rana did not resist arrest.

Customs and Atlanta police transported Rana to the Hapeville Police Department.

“U.S. Customs and Border Protection remains committed to our partnerships with fellow law enforcement agencies and this apprehension significantly illustrates how these partnerships were instrumental in capturing a murder suspects attempting to flee the country,” said Stephen A. Kremer, customs port director for the Port of Atlanta.

The charges and allegations contained in criminal complaints are merely accusations and defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Customs is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of the nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry.

In addition to arresting wanted fugitives, customs removes immigration law violators and intercepts narcotics, weapons, unreported currency, prohibited agriculture products and other illicit items.


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