ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Field Operations officers in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) identified a man from Indian County, Florida, with an outstanding warrant for possession of cannabis. Dustin Owens, 32, a citizen of the United States, was identified after he presented himself for CBP inspection at the Cyril E. King Airport in St. Thomas, before boarding an American Airlines flight bound to Miami.
Law enforcement databases alerted CBP officers to an outstanding warrant for his arrest.
“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 Field Operations officers in St. Thomas contacted CBP officers in Miami, and made arrangements to meet the subject planeside upon his arrival in Miami. The officers confirmed Mr. Owens’ identity and verified the outstanding warrant. The Miami Dade Police Department was contacted, responded and took custody of the subject for further processing.
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 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.