SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico –U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers identified and arrested, this weekend, a woman sought out for failing to appear to a sentencing hearing on narcotics charges in New York City.
Josefina Ramos, 52, arrived to the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, presenting for inspection a valid passport of the Dominican Republic and a green card.
Ms. Ramos was referred to secondary inspection where law enforcement databases alerted to the outstanding warrant issued by the Supreme Court of the City of New York for failure to appear to a sentencing hearing in 2008, after pleading Guilty for the offense of Criminal Possession Controlled Substance.
“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 US laws,” stated Marcelino Borges, Director of Field Operations for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
Ms. Ramos had been convicted in 2003 after pleading guilty to Criminal Possession Controlled Substance before the Supreme Court of the City of New York.
CBP Officers contacted the Manhattan District Court who requested the extradition. CBP transferred custody of Ms. Ramos to the Puerto Rico Police Department Extraditions unit.
During the regular inspection process at the borders, CBP Officers detect many individuals wanted by authorities for violations of U.S. laws.
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.