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CBP arrests man wanted in Houston

Release Date: 
December 16, 2015

Used another alias with a North Carolina driver’s license to elude detection

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico –U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Field Operations officers arrested yesterday a man wanted in Houston for a probation violation.

Federal law authorizes CBP officers to inspect flights departing from US territories.

Federal law authorizes CBP officers to inspect flights departing from US territories.

Angel Rigoberto Santana-Encarnacion, 46, a citizen of the Dominican Republic, with Legal Permanent Resident status in the US, was arrested by CBP after finding his true identity and a warrant for his arrest by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in Houston Texas.

"CBP officers remain vigilant to arrest persons trying to elude detection in violation of federal law,” stated Marcelino Borges, Director of Field Operations for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

Mr. Santana-Encarnacion, was found at the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport, attempting to board a flight bound to the JFK Airport in New York. He claimed to be a Julio Cruz-Rivera a US citizen, presenting CBP officers with a North Carolina driver’s license, with a dwelling in Mint Hill.   

Referred to secondary inspection, a biometric database revealed his real name and an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

He admitted purchasing for $150 a driver’s license to hide his identity. 

The custody of Mr. Santana –Encarnacion was handed to the Puerto Rico Police Department for extradition to Texas.

During the regular inspection process at ports of entry, CBP Officers detect many individuals wanted by authorities for violations of U.S. laws.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017