San Juan, Puerto Rico - US Customs and Border Protection officers arrested this week two wanted persons sought out by state law enforcement authorities in Georgia and Florida during separate incidents in US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico ports of entry.
Lisa Harris, 36, a citizen of the United States, with dwellings in Union City, Georgia, was arrested by CBP at the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport on Tuesday while attempting to board a flight to Philadelphia.
Alfred Matthias Jr., 37, a citizen of the United States born in the US Virgin Islands, was arrested yesterday by CBP after he presented himself for inspection by CBP Officers at the Cruz Bay port of entry in St. John, US Virgin Islands.
"Customs and Border Protection is an agency committed to securing our borders while at the same time cooperating with other law enforcement agencies in the enforcement of US laws. CBP officers are always vigilant to detect individuals that have broken our laws and attempt to defeat our justice system." stated Marcelino Borges, Director of Field Operations for Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands.
Ms. Harris was sought by Gwinnett County, Georgia for a probation violation relative to several counts of theft and financial transaction card fraud. The custody of Ms. Harris was transferred to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for extradition proceedings.
Mr. Matthias was wanted by the state of Florida for drug charges, which included Armed Trafficking of Marijuana. The US Virgin Island Police Department took custody of the individual and transported him to the US Virgin Islands Bureau of Correction for extradition proceedings.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers' primary mission is anti-terrorism; they screen all people, vehicles, and goods entering the United States, while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel into and out of the United States. CBP Office of Field Operations is committed to securing our borders and cooperates with other law enforcement agencies in the enforcement of U.S. laws at the nation's borders.
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.