St. Thomas, Virgin Islands — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in the U.S. Virgin Islands identified Tuesday a man sought out for the distribution of cannabis out of Orange County, Orlando, FL. Jose Robles, 30, a citizen of the United States and resident of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, was identified after he presented himself for CBP pre-departure inspection at the Cyril E. King Airport, attempting to board a Delta flight from St. Thomas to New York.
Law enforcement databases alerted to an outstanding warrant for his arrest on charges of distribution of cannabis in Florida.
CBP officers in St. Thomas verified Mr. Robles’ identity and contacted the Orange County Extradition Unit, which confirmed that he had a full extradition warrant for the distribution of cannabis. Homeland Security Investigation agents and the Virgin Islands Police Department were notified, responded and took custody of the subject for extradition processing.
“Customs and Border Protection officers work diligently at the borders, facilitating travelers while making sure individuals encountered that might have transgressed U.S. laws are detained and brought to justice” stated St. Thomas Port Director Louis Harrigan.
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.