PHILADELPHIA — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested a Boca Raton, Fla., woman at Philadelphia International Airport Wednesday who was wanted in Seaside Heights, N.J., on marijuana and hashish possession charges.
CBP officers arrested Santos de Araujo Andreia, 31, a Spanish citizen and U.S. lawful permanent resident, after she arrived on a flight from Madrid, Spain.
CBP officers verified Andreia’s identity and matched to the arrest warrant. CBP offices then confirmed with Seaside Heights that the warrant remained active and that they wanted to extradite her for prosecution.
CBP officers turned Andreia over to Tinicum Township Police to initiate extradition proceedings.
“Customs and Border Protection officers maintain a vigilant watch on our nation’s borders and from time to time we encounter travelers wanted for a variety of criminal offenses. We work diligently with our law enforcement partners to return wanted travelers to face their criminal charges,” said Susan Stranieri, CBP Port Director for the Area Port of Philadelphia.
Since Andreia is a lawful permanent resident, CBP deferred her admissions inspection to Miami to complete a review of her criminal convictions. Crimes involving moral turpitude, such as narcotics charges, are potential grounds to revoke a lawful permanent resident’s immigrant status.
CBP conducts inspection operations and intercepts currency, weapons, prohibited agriculture products or other illicit items, and on average arrests 22 wanted persons a day at U. S. Ports of entry nationwide.
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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.