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November 13, 2023Philadelphia, PA, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

ERO Philadelphia removes Panamanian noncitizen wanted for attempted homicide

PHILADELPHIA — Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Philadelphia removed Felix Valoy Gondola Moreno, a fugitive from Panama who was living in the United States illegally, on Nov. 8. Gondola is wanted by law enforcement officials in Panama for attempted homicide.

"The removal of Felix Valoy Gondola Moreno is a testament to ERO’s dedication and hard work. We will continue to prioritize the safety and security of our communities by removing individuals who pose a threat to the American public,” said ERO Philadelphia Field Office Director Cammilla Wamsley.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection legally admitted Gondola to the United States in Newark, New Jersey, Dec. 9, 2022. He failed to comply with the terms of his admission when he did not depart the United States by June 8, 2023.

ERO New York detained Gondola July 17 in Brooklyn, New York, and served him a notice to appear on charges of removability. Following a hearing Sept. 19, an immigration judge with the Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review, ordered Gondola's removal from the United States; he waived his right to appeal.

As one of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) three operational directorates, ERO is the principal federal law enforcement authority in charge of domestic immigration enforcement. ERO’s mission is to protect the homeland through the arrest and removal of those who undermine the safety of U.S. communities and the integrity of U.S. immigration laws, and its primary areas of focus are interior enforcement operations, management of the agency’s detained and non-detained populations, and repatriation of noncitizens who have received final orders of removal. ERO’s workforce consists of more than 7,700 law enforcement and non-law enforcement support personnel across 25 domestic field offices and 208 locations nationwide, 30 overseas postings, and multiple temporary duty travel assignments along the border.

Members of the public can report crimes or suspicious activity by calling 866-347-2423 or completing ICE’s online tip form.

Learn more about ERO’s mission to increase public safety in your community on X, formerly known as Twitter, @EROPhiladelphia.