U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Government Website

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Safely connect using HTTPS

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock () or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.


  1. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)
  2. News Room
  3. Newly Appointed Leader of HSI Charlotte Reports to Duty to Safeguard and Uphold Public Safety

Newly Appointed Leader of HSI Charlotte Reports to Duty to Safeguard and Uphold Public Safety

Release Date: June 3, 2024

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cardell T. Morant reported to duty as the new special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Charlotte. In this role, he leads 191 special agents, criminal analysts, and administrative staff in eight field offices covering the full spectrum of HSI investigative activities in North and South Carolina.

Cardell Morant, HSI Assistant Director, Center for Countering Human Trafficking.

“I am humbled and excited to serve in this prestigious office alongside the talented and passionate people that makeup HSI Charlotte. I look forward to working with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners and nongovernmental organizations to safeguard and uphold public safety,” said Morant.

Morant began his federal career in October 1994 as an import specialist with the U.S. Customs Service in Charleston, South Carolina. In 1997, he became a special agent with the U.S. Customs Service, assigned to the Resident Agent in Charge office in San Ysidro, California.

Morant is a native of South Carolina and holds a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. He has served honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Prior to this assignment, Mr. Morant served as an assistant director at HSI Headquarters and in August 2021 was appointed by the DHS deputy secretary to serve as the first director of the DHS Center for Countering Human Trafficking, where, from August 2021 until May 2024, he led the department’s collaborative effort to combat human trafficking and prevent goods produced with forced labor from entering the U.S. supply chain.

Additionally, he served as in leadership positions as the special agent in charge of HSI San Diego, deputy special agent in charge of HSI Baltimore, assistant special agent in charge in HSI Houston and the unit chief and acting deputy assistant director of the Cyber Crimes Center, where he oversaw the Child Exploitation Program, the Computer Forensics Program and the Cyber Crimes Program. He has also served as a group supervisor in HSI San Diego, an assistant special agent in charge with HSI San Diego and the deputy special agent in charge of HSI Houston.

Last Updated: 06/03/2024
Was this page helpful?
This page was not helpful because the content