ST. JOHN, Virgin Islands – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Field Operations Officers working at the Cruz Bay Ferry Terminal, identified a male with an outstanding arrest warrant on sexual assault charges from Aspen, Colorado.
The wanted man, identified as 39-year-old Peter Watkins, arrived at the Cruz Bay Ferry Terminal in St. John, USVI, from Tortola, British Virgin Islands.
Database system checks of the man’s U.S. passport led to the discovery of an arrest warrant by the Pitkin County Regional Emergency Dispatch Center in Colorado.
“CBP enhances border security by providing officers with critical data on individuals encountered at our borders”, stated Area Port Director for the United States Virgin Islands Louis Harrigan. “Our officers cooperate with other law enforcement agencies in the enforcement of U.S. laws by ensuring that passengers who have transgressed our justice system and attempt to elude detection are identified and detained.”
Mr. Watkins was arrested and his custody transferred to the US Virgin Islands Police Department for extradition procedures.
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.