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06/04/2013

HSI arrests one of PRPD's most wanted fugitives

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – One of the Puerto Rico Police Department’s (PRPD) most wanted fugitives was arrested Saturday in Juncos by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents.

Moises Roman-Quintero, 38, a convicted felon and fugitive wanted on murder charges by PRPD, was arrested by HSI special agents assigned to Operation Caribbean Resilience at Antulio Lopez Public Housing. He had a firearm in his possession.

Roman-Quintero had his initial hearing Monday before U.S. Magistrate Bruce McGiverin and was transferred to the Metropolitan Center in Guaynabo to await the outcome of his case.

As part of HSI’s ongoing commitment to interrupt and dismantle criminal organizations and identify and arrest individuals involved in criminal activity, HSI San Juan launched Operation Caribbean Resilience in January 2012. The operation is led by HSI and includes PRPD and the San Juan Police Department (SJPD). It was created in response to the unprecedented number of violent crimes committed in Puerto Rico during the past two years. The operation has netted more than 554 criminal arrests and the seizure of more than 456 illegal arms and 22,689 rounds of ammunition.

Operation Caribbean Resilience began in the municipality of Loiza, a town considered by law enforcement as an area of high intensity criminal activity, but it has expanded to the areas of Carolina, San Juan, Guayama and Cayey.