ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands – On March 21, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Cyril E. King Airport in St. Thomas, USVI, processed a passenger with an outstanding arrest warrant from La Plata county Sheriff’s office in Durango, Colorado.
US citizen John Steigelman, 50, presented himself for CBP inspection at the Cyril E. King Airport before boarding a flight bound to Washington-Dulles Airport (IAD).
CBP officers ran system checks and discovered the outstanding warrant from Colorado on charges of Failure to Appear and Contempt of Court.
“The use of law enforcement databases and the interviewing techniques of our officers are essential tools used to identify individuals who pose a security threat or are fugitives of the law,” said Marcelino Borges, San Juan Director of Field Operations.
CBP Officers confirmed that the arrest warrant was valid and coordinated with CBP officers in Washington Dulles for his arrest. Upon arrival, he was met planeside by Washington-Dulles CBP officers, who processed him and then transferred custody over to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) Police to complete extradition.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is responsible of protecting the United States from terrorisms, human and drug smuggling, agricultural pests, and other illegal and dangerous activities.
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.