St. Thomas, Virgin Islands - On June 6, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in St. Thomas identified a 41-year-old woman traveling from the Virgin Islands as having an outstanding warrant in Orlando, Florida for possession of stolen property.
Anna Maria Blanco presented herself for CBP inspection at the Cyril E. King Airport, before boarding a flight for San Juan. A computer system alerted the officers of a positive match to a National Crime Information Center docket.
"Customs and Border Protection is an agency committed to securing our borders while at the same time cooperating with other law enforcement agencies in the enforcement of U.S. laws. CBP officers are always vigilant to detect individuals that have broken our laws and attempt to defeat our justice system," stated Marcelino Borges, Director of Field Operations for Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands.
CBP officers in St. Thomas confirmed the warrant from the Orange County Police Department and the subject was turned over to Port Authority police for full extradition.
CBP officers detect many individuals wanted by authorities in the continental U.S., upon their arrival to the U.S. Virgin Islands or their return to the mainland from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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.