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Colombian National Charged With Reentry Of Removed Aliens

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

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Edgar Ferney Penagos-Porras, age 34, a native of Colombia, was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury with reentry of removed aliens.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, the indictment alleges that Penagos-Porras was previously removed from the United States on or about February 26, 2018, and it is alleged that he reentered the United States without first obtaining legal permission to do so.  The indictment also alleges that on May 23, 2023, Penagos-Porras was encountered in Monroe County, by the Pennsylvania State Police, on an outstanding warrant from Georgia.

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).  Assistant U.S. Attorney Luisa Honora Berti is prosecuting the case.

The maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is up to 20 years’ imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

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Updated June 7, 2023