ST. THOMAS, U.S. VIRIGIN ISLANDS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers identified yesterday afternoon a man sought out for a Felony Warrant for Probation Violation for a drug charge from the Broward County Sheriff's Office.
Eric Michael Lukash, 33, a United States citizen, presented himself for CBP inspection at the Cyril E. King Airport in St. Thomas before boarding an American Airlines flight bound to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Law enforcement databases alerted to an outstanding warrant for his arrest. CBP officers in St. Thomas confirmed Lukash's identity and verified with the Broward County Sheriff's Office that the warrant was still active. Broward County Sherriff's Office advised that they would process the warrant upon subject's arrival to Fort Lauderdale.
CBP officers in the USVI contacted CBP officers in Ft. Lauderdale in order for them to meet the subject upon his arrival. Lukash was met planeside and immediately detained. Broward County Sheriff's Office was on site and took custody of the subject.
"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 Puerto Rico and 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.