Skip to comments.Foreign National Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Smuggling East Africans to the United States
Posted on 01/22/2009 7:24:47 PM PST by Cindy
January 22, 2009
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Foreign National Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Smuggling East Africans to the United States
WASHINGTON A Ghanian man was sentenced today in the District of Columbia for his role in smuggling East Africans into the United States, Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division Rita M. Glavin, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Jeffrey A. Taylor and Acting Assistant Secretary of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) John Torres announced.
Mohammed Kamel Ibrahim, a/k/a Hakim, 27, a native of Ghana and naturalized citizen of Mexico, was sentenced to five years in prison by U.S. District Judge Ricardo M. Urbina after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy and three counts of bringing aliens to the United States for profit.
According to his plea, Ibrahim operated an alien-smuggling organization in Mexico City that moved unauthorized aliens from East Africa across the southern U.S. border beginning as early as 2005. In plea documents Ibrahim admitted that between June 2006 and February 2007 he and co-defendant Sampson Lovelace Boateng conspired to smuggle unauthorized aliens to the United States by providing the aliens with fraudulently obtained Mexican visas. The visas, which Boateng obtained through a corrupt employee of the Mexican embassy in Belize, enabled East African aliens to travel into Mexico, then be smuggled across the southern U.S. border by Ibrahims Mexico City-based organization. According to the plea documents, Ibrahims organization smuggled the aliens by various means, including by concealing them for more than 12 hours in the sleeper compartments of commercial buses. In pleading guilty, Ibrahim admitted to smuggling between 25 and 99 aliens into the United States.
Ibrahim and Boateng were charged in a 28-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia on Oct. 31, 2007, and unsealed on Dec. 5, 2007. Ibrahim was arrested by Mexican authorities in Mexico City on Dec. 5, 2007, and extradited to the United States on April 24, 2008. Boateng was arrested at Miami International Airport on Nov. 5, 2007, after arriving on a commercial airline flight from Belize. Boateng pleaded guilty to conspiracy and alien-smuggling charges in the District of Columbia on April 22, 2008, and Ibrahim pleaded guilty on Sept. 22, 2008.
Boatengs sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 22, 2009. Both men will be removed from the United States upon completion of their sentences.
The case was prosecuted by Trial Attorney Brian Rogers of the Criminal Divisions Domestic Security Section and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jay Bratt, Colleen Covell and Michael Harvey of the U.S. Attorneys Office for the District of Columbia. Valuable assistance was provided by Trial Attorney Mary Ann Snow and Paralegal Rachel Estabrook of the Criminal Divisions Office of International Affairs.
The investigation was conducted by ICEs Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., offices, with assistance from the ICE attaché in Mexico City, the ICE attaché in Guatemala City, the Diplomatic Security Office of the U.S. Embassy in Belize and the Drug Enforcement Administration attaché in Belize. Valuable support was provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the ICE Forensic Document Laboratory. Mexican and Belizean authorities also provided substantial support to the investigation.
No thanks,don’t want any more of those...
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Adnan G. El Shukrijumah
Video of Adnan G. El Shukrijumah
Aliases: Adnan G. El Shukri Jumah, Abu Arif, Ja’far Al-Tayar, Jaffar Al-Tayyar, Jafar Tayar, Jaafar Al-Tayyar
Date of Birth Used: August 4, 1975 Hair: Black
Place of Birth: Saudi Arabia Eyes: Black
Height: 5’3” to 5’6” Sex: Male
Weight: 132 pounds Complexion: Dark, Mediterranean
Remarks: El Shukrijumah occasionally wears a beard. He has a pronounced nose and is asthmatic. El Shukrijumah speaks English and carries a Guyanese passport, but may attempt to enter the United States with a Saudi, Canadian, or Trinidadian passport.
Adnan G. El Shukrijumah is wanted in connection with possible terrorist threats against the United States.
The Rewards For Justice Program, United States Department of State, is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information leading directly to the capture of Adnan G. El Shukrijumah.
SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS PERSON, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL FBI OFFICE OR THE NEAREST AMERICAN EMBASSY OR CONSULATE.
ROBERT S. MUELLER, III
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20535
Yep, OTMs in Mexico.
...a native of Ghana and naturalized citizen of Mexico...
And we get the mess. Glad he got five years, wish it was more. Hopefully it will send a message however brief.