ST. THOMAS, U.S. VIRIGIN ISLANDS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers identified Tuesday morning a man sought out for a probation violation by the Department of Corrections in North Carolina.
Timothy Scott Harrison, 39, a United States citizen, presented himself for CBP inspection at the Cyril E. King Airport Pre-Departure area in St. Thomas before boarding a U.S. Airways flight to Charlotte, North Carolina.
Law Enforcement databases alerted to an outstanding warrant for his arrest. CBP officers in St. Thomas confirmed Mr. Harrison's identity and verified with the North Carolina Department of Corrections that the warrant was still active. Officers at the Department of Corrections advised that they would process the warrant upon subject's arrival to Charlotte.
CBP officers in the USVI contacted CBP officers in North Carolina in order for them to meet the subject upon his arrival. Mr. Harrison was met planeside and immediately detained. The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police department responded and took custody of the subject for further processing.
"One of the duties of CBP officers at the border is to ensure that individuals that have transgressed the criminal justice system and are encountered at our borders are identified and detained. They perform their duty with utmost diligence and professionalism," stated Marcelino Borges, Director of Field Operations for Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands.
CBP officers detect many individuals wanted by authorities in the continental U.S., upon their arrival to the USVI or their return to the mainland from the USVI.
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.