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First U.S. Customs and Border Protection Arrest of 2016 at Miami International Airport

Release Date: 
January 15, 2016

MIAMI – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers working in Miami arrested a fugitive arriving on the first day of the New Year from Havana, Cuba. The individual had an outstanding warrant for criminal possession of forged instruments.

Ernesto Stone, 39, a citizen of Cuba, was identified after he presented himself for CBP inspection at Miami International Airport on Jan 1. CBP officers located an outstanding warrant for the man using law enforcement databases. Officers fingerprinted the individual to confirm his identity and verified the warrant with the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD), who took custody of the individual.

CBP conducts inspection operations and intercepts currency, weapons, prohibited agriculture products or other illicit items. On average CBP arrests 22 wanted persons a day at U.S. ports of entry nationwide.

Travelers are encouraged to visit CBP’s Travel section to learn rules governing travel to and from the U.S.

CBP is responsible for securing the Nation’s borders at and between ports of entry (POEs). In Florida, CBP facilitates travel and trade and secures over 1,200 miles of the coastal border. Find out more and get real-time updates at @CBPFlorida on Twitter.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017