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Iranian imprisoned in Rochester is deported

MINNEAPOLIS — An Iranian national who pleaded guilty in 2009 to plotting to ship U.S. military technology to Iran has been deported to his home country.

A spokesman for the U.S. State Department confirmed Tuesday that Amir Hossein Ardebili was deported last week.

Ardebili, 38, had been sentenced to five years in prison and was housed at the Federal Medical Center in Rochester since 2010. Records show he was released last month after completing his sentence.

Ardebili pleaded guilty to charges that included conspiracy, money laundering, smuggling and arms export control violations. He was arrested in the Republic of Georgia in October 2007, after he had agreed to meet undercover agents there. He was extradited to the U.S. in 2008.

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