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CBP Arrests Wanted Drug Trafficker Departing Logan

Release Date: 
August 13, 2014

BOSTON — On Aug. 6, a man wanted for cocaine distribution charges was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers as he was trying to leave the U.S. at Boston Logan International Airport.

The suspect, Reinaldo Gonzalez Ortaga, 38, a citizen of the Dominican Republic was attempting to board a flight to Santiago, Dominican Republic, when CBP officers stopped him.

CBP officers confirmed that Mr. Ortaga was the subject of an active warrant for cocaine distribution charges out of Rockingham County, New Hampshire.

Mr. Ortaga was turned over to the Massachusetts State Police and was escorted to the Troop F State Police barracks at Logan Airport for processing.

“The vigilance and experience of our CBP officers and active collaboration with our law enforcement partners have prevented another criminal from traveling freely in our communities,” said Kevin W. Weeks, director of Field Operations in Boston. “This apprehension reveals CBP’s critical role of taking dangerous people off the street, and contributing directly to public safety.”

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

To keep our borders secure, every traveler entering and exiting a CBP port of entry is subject to a CBP inspection. For more information on CBP’s Border Security mission at our nation’s ports of entry, please visit the CBP website.