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PHILADELPHIA — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations Philadelphia field office, commonly called ERO Philadelphia, removed a noncitizen foreign national from the United States after pleading guilty to abusive sexual contact of a 3-year-old girl.

Afghani national Tariq Mohammad Intezar, 25, was flown from John F. Kennedy International Airport Sunday and arrived at Abu Dhabi International Airport in the United Arab Emirates, the following day on a flight coordinated by ICE’s Air Operations Unit.

“I am proud of our ERO Philadelphia team for quickly and safely removing Mr. Intezar,” said David O’Neill, ERO Philadelphia’s deputy field office director. “We will continue to be vigilant in defending the American public from dangerous predators and protecting our most vulnerable population: our children.”

On Sep. 8, 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection paroled Intezar into the U.S. at the Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Virginia. A year later, a judge in the Eastern District of Virginia convicted Intezar of abusive sexual contact in violation of Title 18, United States Code and sentenced him Apr. 26, 2022, to 12 months and one day of incarceration, followed by five years’ released supervision. ERO Philadelphia encountered Intezar at a Federal Bureau of Prisons’ low-security correctional institution in Allenwood, Pennsylvania and lodged an immigration detainer.

In July 2022, ERO Philadelphia served Intezar a Notice to Appear charging inadmissibility pursuant to Section 212 of the Immigration and Nationality Act as a noncitizen who has been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude. ERO Philadelphia arrested him later that month and he was detained at the Moshannon Valley Processing Center pending removal proceedings.

In September, an immigration judge with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review in Cleveland, Ohio, ordered Intezar removed from the United States to Afghanistan. He waived his right to appeal.

If you have information about a foreign fugitive, call the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Tip Line at 866-DHS-2-ICE or internationally at 001-1802-872-6199. You may also file a tip online by completing ICE’s online tip form.

ICE’s ERO directorate upholds U.S. immigration law at, within and beyond our borders. ERO operations target public safety threats, such as convicted criminal noncitizens and gang members, as well as individuals who have otherwise violated our nation’s immigration laws, including those who illegally reentered the country after being removed and immigration fugitives ordered removed by federal immigration judges. ERO deportation officers assigned to Interpol also assist in targeting foreign fugitives and fugitive arrest and removal cases involving those who are wanted for crimes committed abroad and who are now at-large in the United States. ERO manages all aspects of the immigration enforcement process, including identification and arrest, detention, bond management, supervised release, transportation and removal. In addition, ERO repatriates noncitizens ordered removed from the U.S. to more than 170 countries around the world.

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