St, Croix, Virgin Islands — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in the U.S. Virgin Islands identified over the weekend a man sought out for probation violation on controlled substance charges by Polk County in Florida. Pablo Ortiz, 24, a citizen of the United States and resident of Frederiksted, USVI, 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 charges of cocaine possession in Florida.
“CBP officers screen people, vehicles and goods at U.S. borders, while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel,” stated Marcelino Borges, Director of Field Operations for Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands. “The detection of this fugitive exemplifies CBP Field Operations’ commitment to safeguard our communities from all types of violators.”
CBP officers in St. Croix contacted CBP officers in Miami, and arrangements were made to have the officers meet the subject planeside upon his arrival at Miami. The officers confirmed Mr. Ortiz’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.