SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico –U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) San Juan Office of Field Operations officers arrested Wednesday 2 females from the Dominican Republic, attempting to travel to New York, by means of using fraudulent immigration visas, as proof of legal presence.
Dawaris Damilex Demorzi-Mejia, 26, and Glenys Mariela Sanchez-Mata, 25, appeared yesterday afternoon before US Magistrate Judge Marcos E. López for charges in violation of Title 18 USC section 1546(a), fraudulent use of visas and other documents.
“CBP officers continuously train to detect fraudulent documents used by individuals seeking to elude detection and bypass our laws,” stated Marcelino Borges, Director of Field Operations for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
Both Ms. Demorzi-Mejia and Ms. Sanchez-Mata were found at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport before boarding a JetBlue flight destined to JFK in New York City. As proof of authorized presence in the United States, both women presented CBP officers a Dominican Republic passport along with a US visa.
Both passengers were escorted to secondary inspection, where examination biometric records revealed that both had illegally entered and had been previously removed. Furthermore, the presented documents were issued to other individuals.
CBP Field Operations officers presented the case to Assistant US Attorney Olga Castellón who accepted the case for prosecution.
If convicted, both defendants could be fined, imprisoned not more than 10 years or both.
All defendants are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.
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.