ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Field Operations Officers identified on Wednesday a man with an outstanding warrant for violating probation on cocaine and marijuana possession charges in Tampa, Florida.
Jeyson Soto, 34, a citizen of the United States and resident of USVI, was identified after he presented himself for CBP inspection at the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport in St. Croix, before boarding a flight bound to Miami, with Tampa as final destination. Law enforcement databases alerted to the outstanding warrant for his arrest.
“As the nation’s border security agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers have the responsibility of identifying fugitives at our ports of entry and returning them to face justice for crimes they may have committed,” stated St. Croix Port Director, Douglas Vinroy. “CBP officers in the US Virgin Islands are always vigilant in protecting our nation’s border and enforcing U.S. laws at the border”.
CBP Field Operation officers in St. Croix confirmed Mr. Soto’s identity and verified the outstanding warrant. They contacted CBP officers in Miami, who detained him upon arrival and transferred his custody to the Miami Dade Police Department for further processing.
CBP officers detect many individuals wanted by authorities in the continental U.S., upon their arrival to the USVI, or upon their return to the mainland from the USVI.
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.