Ghanaian man, 42, bags 40-month jail term for hindering his removal from U.S.

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A Ghanaian resident in the United States of America, Patrick Owusu, has been sentenced to 40 months imprisonment for resisting attempts at deporting him.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, in a statement on Friday, disclosed that Owusu, 42, was given the sentence by a judge in the Middle District of Pennsylvania on Wednesday for hindering his removal, following an operation by ICE’s Removal Operations (ERO) officers.

“ICE officers take pride in serving our community, we do so with honor and integrity, let Mr. Owusu sentencing serve as warning that people order removed must comply with ICE officials during all stages of the removals process,” said Simona L. Flores, field office director for ERO Philadelphia. “ICE will continue to devote the full efforts of our agency to protecting citizens and enforcing federal immigration law.”

 

Patrick Owusu, 42, a citizen of Ghana, will be removed once he has completed his sentence.

In 2012, an Immigration Judge ordered Owusu to return to his home country of Ghana after he was convicted of several serious criminal offenses while residing in the United States. On March 31, 2014 and May 28, 2014, ICE officers attempted to remove Owusu from the United States, but he resisted and refused to board the plane.

Owusu is currently in ICE custody.

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