Local Task Force Makes First Arrest For Unauthorized Arrival

August 16, 2022, Tamuning, Guam- Efforts by the multi-agency task force announced last Friday to curb the unlawful arrival into Guam resulted in the arrest of an individual who is alleged to have operated a vessel that arrived in Guam from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

The Guam Police Department (GPD) received a report from a concerned fisherman after seeing suspicious activity on Guam’s northern coast. They, along with the Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency (CQA), and investigators from the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) responded to a report of an unlawful arrival into Guam. After a preliminary investigation, Jianfeng Lu was arrested on suspicion of violating Guam’s arrival requirements.

Last Friday, Governor Lou Leon Guerrero announced the establishment of a local multi-agency task force led by Guam Homeland Security, including assistance by GPD, CQA, OAG, Guam Department of Agriculture, Guam Department of Labor, Guam Fire Department, Guam Homeland Security, Guam Police Department, and Port Authority of Guam. This task force was created in response to the recent increase in unlawful arrivals into Guam by boat. Residents were encouraged to report suspicious activity to CQA or GPD.

CQA Director Ignacio Peredo said, “Customs and Quarantine Agency is glad that we formulated a task force not only to prevent, but deter, illegal entry into our borders.”

“We want to thank the community for being our eyes and ears and encourage beach goers and fishermen to continue to report any suspicious activity,” said Attorney General Leevin T. Camacho.

Residents who will be enjoying Guam’s beaches and shores this weekend are encouraged to report suspicious activity, to include boat docking and entry, to CQA at 671-642-8071 or 8072 or GPD at 671-475-8615 through 8617.