ST. THOMAS, U.S. VIRIGIN ISLANDS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers identified a man sought out for Failure to Appear for a traffic offense by the Martin County Sheriff Office in Florida.
On Tuesday Trenton Montrell Spencer, 28, presented himself for CBP inspection at the Cyril E. King Airport in St. Thomas before boarding a Spirit Airlines flight bound to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
CBP officers in St. Thomas, utilizing law enforcement databases, identified Mr. Spencer as the subject of an outstanding arrest warrant from Florida. They proceeded to confirm Mr. Spencer's identity and verify the outstanding warrant with the Martin County Sheriff's Office. St. Thomas CBP officers coordinated with Ft. Lauderdale CBP in order for officers to meet the subject planeside upon his arrival to Florida. Once there, they transferred his custody to the Martin County Sherriff's Office for further processing.
"CBP officers' cooperation with other law enforcement agencies in the enforcement of U.S. laws results in processing many cases of outstanding warrants," stated Louis Harrigan, area port director for the U.S. Virgin Islands. "CBP officers facilitate legitimate travel while making sure that travelers that transgress the criminal justice system and are encountered at our borders are identified and detained."
CBP officers detect many individuals wanted by authorities in the continental United States upon their arrival to the U.S.V.I. or their return to the mainland from Puerto Rico and the U.S.V.I.
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.