San Juan, Puerto Rico - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a citizen of the Dominican Republic on Tuesday who was attempting to travel using a counterfeit Puerto Rico driver's license and other documents.
Defendant German Antonio Jose-Feliz appeared late yesterday afternoon before U.S. District Court Judge Camille Velez -Rive to face charges for violation of Title 18 United States Code, Section 1546, fraud and misuse of visa, permits and other documents.
The defendant was arrested by CBP officers after presenting a Puerto Rico driver's license, a Puerto Rico voting registration card, and a Social Security card under the name of "Joel Sanchez-Berrios" prior to boarding Jet Blue flights at the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport destined to New York, NY.
During secondary examination of the documents, CBP officers confirmed that the presented documents were counterfeit and that his real identity was German Antonio Jose-Feliz.
Upon inquiry the defendant admitted to having purchased the documents from unidentified sources in the San Juan metropolitan area, paying $300.
"U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers remain vigilant as they review entry documents to identify and apprehend those who use fraudulent or invalid documents in an attempt to enter and remain in the U.S.," said Marcelino Borges, Director of Field Operations for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. "CBP officers train regularly to become experts in document examination and interviewing techniques."
CBP Field Operations is responsible for securing our borders at the ports of entry. The CBP officer's primary mission is anti-terrorism. Every day 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. Their mission also includes carrying out traditional border-related responsibilities, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing trade laws, enforcing immigration laws, protecting the nation's food supply and protecting U.S. agriculture industry from pests and diseases.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 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.