San Juan, Puerto Rico - During this weekend, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers identified a wanted 44-year-old male, Henry Curiel, who had an outstanding warrant by U.S. Marshals Service authorities for drug related charges.
Customs and Border Protection officers performing routine screening of arriving vessels at the Pan American Dock West in San Juan, PR, identified Curiel as a positive match to a National Crime Information Center docket.
The outstanding warrant for Curiel details charges by U.S. Marshals Service for conspiracy to import cocaine and conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute.
Upon his arrival on board the MV Caribbean Fantasy ferry boat from the Dominican Republic, CBP officers identified the subject and confirmed his identity and extradition. Curiel's custody was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security Investigations.
"CBP officers are always vigilant of dangerous individuals who try to move freely, trying to elude detection," said Marcelino Borges, Director of Field Operations for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. "Technology and close collaboration among law enforcement agencies allow us to detect felons and bring them to justice."
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.