St. Thomas, Virgin Islands -U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Field Operations Officers in the US Virgin Islands arrested Monday a man sought out for failing to appear before a Volusia County Florida court on controlled substance violations.
Philip Boucher, 56, a citizen of the United States and resident of Connecticut, was identified at the Cyril E. King Airport at St. Thomas, U.S.V.I Pre-departure area. Boucher presented himself for pre-departure inspection before boarding a flight from St. Thomas to San Juan, Puerto Rico, with Hartford, Connecticut as his final destination.
Law Enforcement databases alerted to an outstanding warrant for his arrest. CBP officers in St. Thomas confirmed Mr. Boucher’s identity and verified with the Volusia County Office that the warrant was still active. They arrested Mr. Boucher and transferred custody to the Virgin Islands Port Authority for further processing.
“One of the duties of CBP officers at the border is to ensure that individuals that have transgressed the criminal justice system and are encountered at our borders are identified and detained. They perform their duty with utmost diligence and professionalism,” stated San Juan Director of Field Operations Marcelino Borges.
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 Puerto Rico and 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.