American fugitive expelled by BI

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced today that it has deported an American fugitive, who is wanted for drug trafficking and possession of illegal drugs in the US.

Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. said Paul John Zambuto, 35, was expelled last Nov. 28 aboard a Philippine Airlines flight to Los Angeles, following the issuance of a summary deportation order by the BI board of commissioners.

David said the board also ordered Zambuto’s inclusion in the immigration blacklist for being an undesirable, overstaying and undocumented alien.

BI fugitive search unit head Uso Dan Salasim disclosed that his men arrested Zambuto at his unit at the Paseo Parkview condominium along Valero st., Makati City last Nov. 17.

Salasim said that since 2007, Zambuto has been on the wanted list of the Federal bureau of Investigation (FBI) as the fugitive is a subject of arrest warrants issued by courts in Arizona and Florida.

The US embassy informed the BI that on Aug. 2, 2007, a superior court in Maricopa County, Arizona issued a warrant against Zambuto for violating the conditions of his probation.

He was previously convicted by the said court on charges of possession of dangerous drugs.

Another warrant was issued against Zambuto by judicial circuit court in Palm Beach County, Florida where he was charged with trafficking and possession of cocaine.

It was learned that Zambuto has been illegally staying for more than four years as the State Department canceled his US passport even before he arrived in Manila on Nov. 12, 2007.

Investigation also showed that the American never bothered to extend his stay as a tourist since his arrival. Anthony Vargas

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