ST. CROIX, VIGIN ISLANDS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in the U.S. Virgin Islands identified over the weekend a man sought out for controlled substance violations by the Miami Dade Police Department in Florida. Gereal Bondieumaitre, 42, a United States citizen, was identified after he presented himself for CBP pre-departure inspection at the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport in St. Croix, before boarding an American Airlines flight bound to Miami.
Law enforcement databases alerted to an outstanding warrant for his arrest for cannabis possession charges in Florida.
"Customs and Border Protection is committed to securing our borders while at the same time cooperating with other law enforcement agencies in the enforcement of U.S. laws. CBP officers will ensure that individuals that have transgressed the criminal justice system and are encountered at our borders are identified and detained," stated Marcelino Borges, director of field operations for Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands.
CBP officers in St. Croix contacted CBP officers in Miami, and made arrangements to have the officers meet the subject planeside upon his arrival at Miami. The officers confirmed Bondieumaitre's identity and verified the outstanding warrant. Miami Dade Police Department was contacted, responded and took custody of the subject.
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.