Boston - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers from the Boston Field Office Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team's outbound division intercepted a subject destined to the Dominican Republic.
Liriano Polanco was outbound on Jet Blue flight 891, and when he was stopped and questioned by CBP officers, it was quickly determined that his passport may be altered or counterfeit. Polanco admitted that he had entered the U.S. without inspection in 2010, but could not elaborate on where or when he entered.
Further investigations by CBP officers were conducted to determine whether there were any outstanding warrants and also provide a true identity. Computer systems indicated that there was a positive FBI National Criminal Information Center warrant out of the New York office. The NCIC warrant is for narcotics distribution, class C felony charges and was under the name of D. Perez Sosa. The FBI was notified and confirmed the active warrant; the FBI subsequently arrived on-site and took custody of Perez Sosa.
"Interagency cooperation is a critical tool in law enforcement's effort to thwart national security threats and border related crimes. CBP is one of the FBI's strongest partners in this effort. Daily, as in this instance, CBP obtains timely and valuable information in the course of its border responsibilities at Logan International Airport. Time and time again, information obtained by CBP has been a key asset in developing and disseminating critical information which has solved crimes, furthered investigations and located fugitives" said FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers.
CBP uses a multi-tiered approach involving personnel, technology, intelligence and partnerships to protect the U.S. from all threats. It is paramount that CBP work diligently with other agencies, such as the FBI, to leverage assets and expertise at all levels for border security while still facilitating legitimate trade and travel.
"These types of interagency workings are critical to the success in keeping our nation safe and secure" said Director of Field Operations Kevin Weeks. "The FBI and CBP continue to work together closely on many cases utilizing each others expertise, it is very gratifying to know that we played a vital role in the apprehension of this wanted individual."
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.