San Juan, PR - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the arrest of a United States citizen pursuant to an outstanding arrest warrant by the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD).
Victor Real Alomar, 24, arrived Sunday afternoon at the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport on a flight from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. During the primary inspection queries, CBP officers discovered that Mr. Real Alomar was wanted for weapons violations (aggravated) by the PRPD. CBP officers verified the validity of the arrest warrant and notified Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigation agents, who confirmed the warrant and transferred custody of the subject to PRPD.
"CBP officers are the guardians of our nation's borders," said Juan Hurtado, acting San Juan area port director. "The inspections we perform are designed to stop terrorists and tools of terror from entering our nation; however, as demonstrated in this case, those exams also help identify and stop others who might be fugitives or have broken US laws."
On a typical day CBP processes over 932,000 international travelers arriving at 329 ports of entry across the U.S. These processing operations lead to interceptions of currency, weapons, prohibited agriculture products, wanted persons or other illicit items.
Travelers are encouraged to visit CBP's Travel website to learn rules governing travel to and from the U.S.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.