ST. CROIX, U.S. VIGIN ISLANDS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers identified two United States citizens with outstanding warrants in Florida on two separate incidents this past week.
Bernard Henderson, 28, presented himself for CBP inspection at the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport in St. Croix on June 25, before boarding an American Airlines flight bound to Miami with Atlanta as final destination.
Law Enforcement databases alerted the officers of an outstanding warrant for his arrest on failure to appear charges from Flagler County, Florida.
CBP Officers in St. Croix confirmed Mr. Henderson's identity, verified the outstanding warrant and coordinated with CBP officers in Miami, who met the subject planeside and contacted the Miami Dade Police Department, which executed the warrant.
The following Sunday, during another pre-departure inspection of passengers departing on an American Airlines flight to Florida, CBP officers, using available databases, identified Ms. Kamie Kreiner, 46, who also had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear, this time from Brevard County, Florida. CBP officers in St. Croix coordinated with CBP officers in Miami to meet the subject planeside and Miami Dade Police Department executed the warrant upon her arrival to Miami.
"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 US laws. CBP Officers conduct themselves with utmost diligence and professionalism and 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 detect many individuals wanted by authorities in the continental U.S., upon their arrival to the USVI or 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.