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North Carolina Couple Arriving in Cruise Ship Arrested by CBP

Release Date: 
December 12, 2012

San Juan, Puerto Rico - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested late Monday a North Carolina couple with an outstanding warrant for grand theft charges issued by the 20th Circuit Court in Collier County, Fla.

Ronald Smaldone, 76, and his wife Sharon, 57, both residing in Weaverville, N.C., were arrested by CBP officers at the Old San Juan Pier #4, after arriving on board the M/V Grand Princess from Florida.

"CBP officers will ensure that individuals that have transgressed the criminal justice system and are encountered at our borders are identified and detained," stated Marcelino Borges, Director of Field Operations for Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands.

The custody of the couple was transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI ) for further proceedings.

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.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021