ICE confirms two Jordanian nationals in custody after attempted security breach at Quantico base

The pair tried to drive into the base authorized and they were detained

Published: May 17, 2024 10:53am

Updated: May 17, 2024 10:55am

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed on Thursday that two Jordanian nationals are in its custody after an attempted security breach at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Northern Virginia. 

ICE has not disclosed whether they are lawfully residing in the U.S. or if they are on the terrorist watchlist. 

“On May 3, 2024, Marine Corps Base Quantico’s Criminal Investigations Division arrested two Jordanian noncitizens for trespassing," said Captain James Covington, ICE spokesman, in a statement.

"Marine Corps Base authorities notified the ICE Eastern Regional Office (ERO) in Washington, D.C., of the apprehensions.  Deportation officers from ERO Washington, D.C.’s Criminal Apprehension Program responded and arrested both individuals without incident. Both individuals will remain in ERO custody pending removal proceedings," he added.

Once their vehicle was directed to a holding area for additional screening, the driver attempted to drive into the base. According to reports, officers quickly setup vehicle barriers and blocked the truck from entering the base. After that, the two occupants of the vehicle were detained.

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