WASHINGTON (WJZ) — Deportation officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) removed a convicted Iranian illegal arms dealer July 29.
Arash Sepehri departed the U.S. from Washington Dulles Airport, escorted by Enforcement and Removal Operations (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.
On May 16, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued an arrest warrant for Sepehri for violating the Arms Export Control Act, International Emergency Economic Powers Act, export administration regulations, and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
In, 2017, the Spanish International Police and ICE Homeland Security Investigations Madrid arrested Sepehri at the Joseph Tarradellas Barcelong-El Prat Airport in Barcelona based upon an INTERPOL Red Notice issued by the Government of the United States.
A year later, Sepehri arrived in the U.S. at Newark Liberty International Airport in U.S. Marshals Service custody. U.S. Customs and Border Protection paroled Sepehri into the U.S. and lodged an immigration detainer with USMS.
On Feb. 26, 2019, USDC convicted Sepehri for violating the International Economic Powers Act and sentenced him to 26 months incarceration.
On April 15, the District of Columbia Department of Corrections released Sepehri to the custody of ERO Washington where he was processed as a final order of removal on April 16.