ST. THOMAS, U.S. VIRIGIN ISLANDS—On Monday, May 20, Mr. Demarquize Antron Dawson, 27, a U.S. citizen, presented himself for inspection at the Cyril E. King Airport pre-departure area, before boarding an American Airlines flight from St. Thomas to Miami. Primary inspection queries revealed that Dawson was a positive match for a felony warrant for battery out of Broward County, Florida.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers confirmed Dawson's identity and the validity of the warrant, and contacted CBP officers in Miami, who met the subject planeside upon his arrival in Miami. Dawson's custody was subsequently transferred to the Miami Dade Police Department to continue extradition procedures.
"Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations is committed to the enforcement of U.S. laws at the border. We will cooperate with U.S. law enforcement agencies across the nation to ensure that individuals that have transgressed the criminal justice system and are encountered at our borders are identified and detained," stated Area Port Director for the United States Virgin Islands, Louis Harrigan.
CBP officers detect many individuals wanted by authorities in the continental United States, 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.