ST. THOMAS, U.S. VIRIGIN ISLANDS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested this weekend two individuals in separate incidents.
Cilma Austrie, 26, a citizen of the United States, with dwelling in Cruz Bay, St. John, was arrested by CBP at the Cyril E. King International Airport on Friday upon arriving on a Liat flight from Anguilla. Database queries indicated that Austrie is wanted in the District Court of the Virgin Islands on charges of wire fraud and embezzlement in violation of state/local law. CBP officers verified the warrant, confirmed her identity and notified the United States Marshals Service (USMS), which responded and took custody of the subject.
Kenroy Watt, 37, a citizen of Jamaica, was arrested at Cyril E. King International Airport Pre-Departure area, while attempting to board a US Airways flight to North Carolina. During routine questioning he first claimed to be a U.S. citizen born in Pennsylvania, but later admitted to be a citizen of Jamaica. Watt had been a U.S. legal permanent resident, but he was ordered deported by an Immigration Judge on July 2011, after serving 12 years in prison for a conviction on numerous felony charges. Watt was given a reinstatement of prior order of removal and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for criminal prosecution.
"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," stated USVI Port Director Louis Harrigan. "CBP officers remain vigilant to detect individuals that transgress the law."
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.