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Liberian National Charged with Resisting a Federal Officer During Removal

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON - A Liberian national was charged today in federal court in Boston with resisting a federal officer at Logan International Airport during removal.


Mohammed Kenneh, 35, was indicted on one count of resisting a federal officer. Kenneh was charged by complaint on Aug. 30, 3017.


On July 16, 2016, Kenneh was ordered removed from the United States back to Liberia. On Aug. 29, 2017, Kenneh was transported to Logan International Airport for removal. Once at the airport, Kenneh was met by two deportation officers who asked him to exit the van in which he arrived.  It is alleged that Kenneh refused to exit the van; therefore, one of the officers entered the van and attempted to remove Kenneh from the vehicle. Kenneh resisted the officer and struck the officer on the head and shoulders multiple times, eventually knocking the officer onto the floor of the van. Kenneh then allegedly wrapped his handcuffed hands around the officer’s wrist and hands and refused to release the officer. Another officer then entered the van and, together, the two officers were able to remove Kenneh from the van onto the sidewalk. A decision was then made to abort the removal proceedings and return Kenneh to Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody.


Kenneh faces a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, a fine of $250,000 and will be subject to deportation upon completion of his sentence.  Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.


Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb and Christopher Cronen, Field Office Director, Enforcement and Removal Operations Boston Field Office, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth G. Shine of Weinreb’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.


The details contained in the charging documents are allegations.  The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Updated September 29, 2017