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Illegal alien sentenced to 6 months in prison for resisting deportation orders

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

ALEXANDRIA, La. – United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that a Togo national was sentenced Wednesday to six months in prison for refusing to leave the country twice after being ordered to depart.

Aboudou Waka, 34, of Kpalime, Togo, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell on two counts of failure to depart.  Evidence admitted at a two-day trial that ended May 4, 2018 showed that on two occasions U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents attempted to remove Waka via an escorted commercial flight from the Alexandria International Airport.  The defendant hampered deportation efforts on March 13, 2017 and April 11, 2017 by verbally and physically resisting attempts to escort him onto the plane.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Enforcement and Removal Operations conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney T. Forrest Phillips prosecuted the case.

Updated August 3, 2018