U.S. Customs and Border Protection Enforcement officers arrested this weekend two citizens of the Dominican Republic found using identity documents belonging to two allegedly homeless individuals, during two separate incidents.
Carlos Manuel Saturria-Frias was detained by agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) while conducting a law enforcement operation at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport.
Mr. Saturria-Frias claimed to be Puerto Rican and presented to the DEA agents a Social Security card, a Puerto Rico (PR) Birth Certificate, a PR driver’s license and a Commonwealth of Puerto Rico ID card under the name of “Rafael Luis Diaz Cotto.”
DEA agents requested assistance from CBP Enforcement Officers at the airport who interviewed the subject and queried his fingerprints to verify his identity.
Rodolfo Gil was apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers while attempting to board a flight bound to the city of Orlando, FL.
Mr. Gil claimed to be Puerto Rican and presented to the CBP officers a Social Security card, a Puerto Rico birth certificate, a PR driver’s license and a Commonwealth of Puerto Rico ID card under the names of “Christian Yamil Marino–Diaz.”
Immigration databases revealed their true identities as Carlos Manuel Saturria-Frias and Rodolfo Gil, respectively.
Confronted with the facts the two defendants were arrested by CBP officers and admitted to purchasing the documents from two unidentified homeless drug addicts, to assume the document’s identity to proof their legal stay in the United States.