SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Puerto Rico identified on Saturday, May 18, 2013, a man with an outstanding warrant for controlled substance violations from the Fitchburg Police Department, Worcester County in Massachusetts. Alberto Waldrond, 42, a Panamanian citizen and U.S. legal permanent resident, was identified before he boarded a Copa Airlines flight bound to Panama City, Panama.
Law enforcement databases alerted to an outstanding warrant for his arrest, and CBP officers escorted the traveler to the Federal Inspection Site at Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, where his identity and outstanding warrant were confirmed.
"Customs and Border Protection is an agency committed to securing our borders while at the same time cooperating with other law enforcement agencies in the enforcement of U.S. laws," stated Juan Hurtado, San Juan Area Port Director. "CBP officers ensure that individuals that have transgressed the criminal justice system and are encountered at our borders are identified and detained."
CBP officers at the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport contacted the Fitchburg Police Department and notified Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents, which responded and took custody of the subject, pending extradition to Massachusetts.
Upon arrival or departure to and from international destinations, CBP officers detect many individuals wanted by authorities in the United States.
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.