Convicted drug trafficker, Shaheed ‘Roger’ Khan, was yesterday scheduled to see an immigration judge in Florida.
Khan, who was handed over on July 8th to the US Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) by the prison authority, is currently being held at the Krome Detention Centre, Miami, Florida.
According to his local lawyer, Glenn Hanoman, his appearance would likely see a deportation order being issued by the judge.
“The deportation order having been issued, the next step is for him to get emergency travel documents from the Guyana Embassy in the US,” Hanoman said.
The lawyer, who is in contact with Khan, said he is unable to say how long the process of emergency documents will take.
Local officials in Guyana had said it could take up to two weeks after he was handed over to ICE.
Sometime back, US Ambassador Sarah-Ann Lynch had disclosed that the US Government is working with the local authorities for Khan’s release.
Likely, US officials will escort him on the flight home where he will be handed over to the Immigration services at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA).
“He is a free man when he comes with some processing by the police,” Kaieteur News was told.
Things have changed dramatically since Khan, on the run from authorities here, was arrested in neighbouring Suriname in 2006 and then flown to Trinidad where US agents took control of him. He was taken to New York and charged.
There is a new government in place in Guyana. The police force has a new look and enjoys closer collaboration with the US Embassy.
Khan, who was jailed in October 2009 for up to 15 years, asked the US court earlier this year to release him early, based on new regulations.
Khan was sentenced to a total of 40 years’ imprisonment on three separate charges by US Judge, Dora Irizarry, in 2009 after she accepted the plea bargain agreement he had reached with prosecutors.
However, two of the sentences, 10 years for an illegal firearm possession charge, and 15 years for witness tampering, ran concurrently with the other 15-year jail term.
In addition to the jail time, Roger Khan had to undergo supervised release for five years although according to the judge, he was likely to be deported.
In June 2006, Khan was arrested in Paramaribo with three of his bodyguards in a sting operation.
Khan was flown to Trinidad, handed over to immigration authorities who then turned him over to the custody of US officials.
He was immediately flown to New York where he was arraigned at the Brooklyn Federal Court on 30 June 2006 on a charge of “conspiring to import cocaine. He was sentenced in October 2009.
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