CBIG authorities detain 10 Dominicans for attempting to enter illegally into Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Caribbean Border Interagency Group (CBIG) law enforcement authorities detained 10 Dominican migrants Monday following an at-sea interdiction in the Mona Passage by a Puerto Rico Police boat crew Monday.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office accepted to prosecute the cases of the nine men and a woman, who were detained for attempting to enter illegally into the United States or a U.S. territory.

The Puerto Rico Police Joint Forces of Rapid Action boat crew located and interdicted the migrant vessel, while patrolling with an embarked Ramey Sector Border Patrol Agent, in waters three nautical miles west of Añasco, Puerto Rico Monday morning.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Cushing arrived on scene following the interdiction, embarked the migrants and collected their biographic information, including digital fingerprints and facial photographs.

The Cushing rendezvoused Monday afternoon and transferred the migrants onboard the Coast Guard Cutter Reef Shark, who in turn, transported them to Añasco Puerto Rico, where awaiting Ramey Sector Border Patrol agents conducted interviews and took all 10 migrants into custody.

Coast Guard Cutter Cushing is a 110-foot patrol boat and the Coast Guard Cutter Reef Shark is an 87-foot Coastal Patrol Boat that are home ported in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The concept of CBIG resulted from a March 2006 collaboration of local Homeland Security components that effectively stemmed the increased flow of traffic across the Mona Passage between the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. In July 2006, CBIG was formally created to unify efforts of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Air & Marine (A&M), Office of Field Operations (OFO), and Office of Border Patrol (OBP), the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) the United States Attorney ‘ s Office, District of Puerto Rico, and Puerto Rico Police Joint Forces of Rapid action (FURA) in their common goal of securing Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands against illegal maritime traffic and gaining control of our nation’s Caribbean borders.

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