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US customs nabs Jamaican man on felony child sex charges

Published:Thursday | July 18, 2019 | 10:45 AM
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BALTIMORE, CMC – The United States Customs and Border Protection agency says officers arrested a Jamaican man at the Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport on a Palm Beach County, Florida, felony arrest warrant for sex offenses on a child.

On Wednesday, the agency said officers arrested Vivian Linton Vickers, 43, as soon as he deplaned from his flight from Montego Bay, Jamaica.

“Officers verified Vickers' identity and turned him over to the US Marshals Service,” it said, adding that it “placed a detainer on Vickers to be returned to CBP to complete his admissions inspection upon adjudication of charges.”

Casey Durst, CBP’s director of the Baltimore, Maryland Field Office, said “allegations of sexual offenses committed against children are heinous.”

“Customs and Border Protection officers are pleased to work with our law enforcement partners to return an allegedly dangerous fugitive to justice,” he said.

“Arresting wanted fugitives at our nation’s ports of entry is one way in which CBP helps to keep our communities safe.”

CBP said officers in Miami connected Vickers to the outstanding arrest warrant and notified the US Marshals Service of Vickers’ pending arrival in Baltimore.

The agency said officers screen both foreign visitors and US citizens arriving and departing the United States for outstanding arrest warrants, narcotics, unreported currency, weapons, prohibited agriculture, and other illicit products “to assure that global tourism remains safe and strong.”

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