San Juan, P.R. - Jose Eduardo Jerez-Valdez, 35, a citizen of the Dominican Republic, was arrested this weekend by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers after his arrival at the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport from Santo Domingo.
Upon arrival, Jerez-Valdez presented himself for inspection where computer systems alerted the CBP Officer of a positive match to a National Crime Information Center docket.
An outstanding warrant for the arrest of Mr. Jerez-Valdez issued March 9, 2010, by the U.S. District Court in San Juan for offenses related to the buying, selling and dealing in controlled substances.
The custody of Mr. Jerez-Valdez was transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations for further proceedings.
"CBP officers are always vigilant of dangerous individuals who try to move freely, trying to elude detection," stated Marcelino Borges, director of field operations for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. "Technology and close collaboration amongst law enforcement allows us to detect felons and bring them to justice."
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.