Saint Thomas, US Virgin Islands—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers identified Saturday a man and a woman sought for distinct violations from Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office in California. Gabriel Austin, 38, and Lindsay Powell, 29, both US citizens, were seeking travel at the Cyril E. King Airport in St. Thomas en route to Connecticut via Philadelphia, when pre-departure inspection checks revealed the outstanding warrants.
Mr. Austin had an outstanding warrant for his arrest on charges of probation violation on a vehicle theft offense, while Ms. Powell had a separate warrant for probation violation on fraud charges, both out of Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. CBP officers contacted the Sonoma County California Sheriff’s Office, which verified both warrants were active and confirmed full extradition. CBP officers contacted Homeland Security Investigations and the Virgin Islands Police Department, which arrived on site and arrested both subjects for extradition processing.
“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 Area Port Director for the United States Virgin Islands Louis Harrigan. “CBP officers will ensure that individuals that have transgressed 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 U.S., upon their arrival to the USVI, or upon 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.