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U.S. deports convicted FARC collaborator

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • FARC has been at war with Colombia since the 1960s
  • Pena-Arevalo provided logistical help to the guerrillas
  • She has been deported to Bogota

Washington (CNN) -- A woman convicted of collaborating with the notorious Colombian guerrilla group FARC has been deported, U.S. immigration officials said Thursday.

Ana Isabel Pena-Arevalo, 48, a Colombian national, was deported to Bogota Tuesday, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations said.

U.S. agencies have been probing the illegal exportation of U.S. technologies to FARC, the acronym for the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia -- which the U.S. State Department has branded a foreign terrorist organization.

FARC is a Marxist guerrilla group that has been at war with the Colombian government since the 1960s.

Pena-Arevalo was apprehended in Colombia in 2008 and was extradited in 2009 to the United States to stand trial.

She was convicted of conspiracy to provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Pena-Arevalo was sentenced to 31 months in prison, followed by 36 months of supervised release.

However, she was released from federal criminal custody in July with time served and processed for removal, a statement said.

"Pena-Arevalo served in the logistical support and supply networks radio call center operators, patching through high frequency radio calls from FARC leaders operating in the jungle to co-conspirators in urban areas responsible for obtaining materials and supplies for the FARC guerrillas," federal documents said.