U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Friday removed an Iranian national who was convicted in February of illegally dealing weapons in the United States.
“Arash Sepehri departed the U.S. from Washington Dulles Airport escorted by ERO officers and transited through John F. Kennedy Airport in New York and Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku, Azerbaijan. Sepehri arrived at the Imam Khomeini Airport in Tehran on July 30,” according to an ICE press release.
ERO is a Enforcement and Removal Operations, a division of ICE.
Sepehri traveled the world dealing weapons illegally. ICE said that in June of 2017 he was arrested by Spanish International Police and ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) at an airport in Barcelona, Spain. An arrest warrant had been issued for Sepehri in May of 2016 “for violating the Arms Export Control Act, International Emergency Economic Powers Act, export administration regulations, and conspiracy to commit money laundering.”
He was convicted in February on the violation of Emergency Economic Powers charge and sentenced to 26 months in prison.
In April was issued an Order of Judicial Removal “for violations of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) as an alien convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude” and for immigration to the U.S. without an immigrant visa. Instead of serving out the rest of his sentence, he was deported to his home nation of Iran.
“Those who threaten our national and global security may not live and operate undetected, nor may they hide from our courts across international borders,” Washington ERO field director Lyle A. Boelens said in the release.
Peter D'Abrosca is a freelance investigative reporter, author, and conservative political commentator.
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