San Juan, Puerto Rico - During the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) arrested two passengers seeking admission at the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport; one sought for theft of government property, and the other concealing cocaine inside a backpack.
"Even on the busiest travel days, criminals try to circumvent the system, but our officers are vigilant of their intent," stated Marcelino Borges, Director of Field Operations in San Juan and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Sabrina Richardson de Orta, a citizen of the Dominican Republic was arrested by CBP officers after a criminal database revealed an outstanding arrest warrant by the U.S. District Court for Puerto Rico, regarding charges of theft of government property belonging to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Her arrest warrant was included in a criminal indictment where 53 individuals were charged with theft of government property and identity theft who were arrested on Wednesday November 16, in several municipalities of Puerto Rico, following a joint IRS and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) probe.
On Thursday, Randy Medina-Olivero, a legal permanent resident with Dominican Republic citizenship, was arrested by CBP officers after finding five packages sewn to a back panel inside a backpack. The packages were probed revealing a white powdery substance which field tested positive for cocaine. A total of 2.28 kilograms of cocaine were seized.
The custody of Richardson de Orta and Medina-Olivero was transferred HSI special agents for further proceedings.
These apprehensions were the direct result of CBP officers' attention to detail during interviews and inspections and commitment to work with other local, state and federal-law enforcement agencies to protect our borders.
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.