CPB officials arrest onetime Cuban air pirate
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at San Juan, Puerto Rico's Luis Mu'oz Marin International Airport arrested a Cuban national who had two previous air piracy arrests, after the suspect arrived at the airport on a flight from the Dominican Republic.
CBP officials said the 53-year-old man was arrested Sunday for making false claims to federal authorities, the Coast Guard said Tuesday. The man admitted under questioning that he was a citizen of Cuba, and checks by CBP officers found he had been arrested in 1980 for air piracy and kidnapping, then again in 1982 for air piracy. He had been sentenced to a 30-year prison term, making him ineligible for admission to the U.S.
The arrest is the latest in a series of arrests by the CBP in U.S. jurisdictions within the Caribbean islands, all involving discoveries of previous illegal activities or outstanding arrest warrants for passengers passing through customs.