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Woman Arrested in Fort Lauderdale for Attempting to Use Twin Sister’s Documents

Release Date: 
September 17, 2015

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport arrested a Colombian woman last month attempting to use her twin sister’s documents for admission to the United States. The individual had multiple arrests in the past for drug-related offenses.

CBP officers referred the passenger for further examination of her documentation and during an interview noticed multiple discrepancies. After fingerprinting the woman, officers discovered she was not the true bearer of the document presented. CBP officers arrested the individual and she was transported to the Broward County Jail pending federal prosecution.

“This arrest is a great example of our CBP officers’ attention to detail and ability to detect imposters,” said Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Port Director Jorge Roig. “They work hard every day to uphold CBP’s mission.”

To fulfill CBP’s anti-terrorism mission, officers are trained to be vigilant not only in securing our borders between ports of entry, but also at established air, land, seaports and pre-clearance locations where individuals may attempt to enter with false documents or as imposters.

On a typical day in Fiscal Year 2014, CBP seized 76 fraudulent documents and conducted 241 refusals of inadmissible persons at U.S. ports of entry nationwide.

To find out more about CBP operations in Florida, visit @CBPFlorida on Twitter.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017