St. Thomas, Virgin Islands - US Customs and Border Protection officers identified yesterday afternoon Arlington Perez-Martinez, 31, having an outstanding warrant for charges of cocaine possession, with the intent to sale, from Hazelton, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Perez-Martinez presented himself for CBP inspection at the Cyril E. King Airport before boarding a Seaborne Airlines flight bound to San Juan.
Computer systems alerted of a positive match to a National Crime Information Center (NCIC) docket.
CBP Officers in St. Thomas confirmed the warrant from Hazelton Police.
The custody of the subject was transferred to the Virgin Islands Police Department for extradition proceedings and was transported to the VI Bureau of Correction.
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.
"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 are always vigilant to detect individuals that have broken our laws and attempt to defeat our justice system." stated Marcelino Borges, Director of Field Operations for Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands.
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.