Buffalo, N.Y. — Today, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the arrest of a Jamaican citizen previously deported from the United States.
On Feb. 2, CBP officers working at the Peace Bridge port of entry encountered 42-year-old Christopher Hagigal, a citizen and resident of Jamaica.
Hagigal, who was traveling to the United States on a commercial bus, presented a valid passport from Jamaica and a valid U.S. Green Card, both displaying the name Adrian Bandoo, to CBP officers as identification. CBP officers noticed that the Green Card photo did not appear to be Hagigal so officers performed a fingerprint check to verify his identity. Officers discovered that Hagigal was an impostor and was previously removed from the United States in 2002 on fraud charges.
Further checks revealed that Hagigal had an active warrant for his arrest out of Titusville, Florida since 2008 for Possession of Marijuana under the name of D. Williams.
CBP enforcement officers contacted the United States Attorney and presented the case for prosecution. The case was accepted and Hagigal was subsequently arrested by CBP enforcement officers facing charges of misuse of a passport, fraud and related activity in connection with identification documents and making false statements.
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.