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U.S. deports Canadian in Alaska pipeline bomb plot

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Canadian man convicted and sent to federal prison for plotting to blow up the Trans Alaska Pipeline a decade ago has been deported to his home country, U.S. immigration officials said on Wednesday.

Alfred Reumayr, 61, of British Columbia, was flown back to Canada on Tuesday aboard a commercial aircraft, escorted by U.S. agents who turned him over to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police at Vancouver International Airport.

Reumayr was taken into custody by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency three months ago following his release from federal prison in Lompoc, California, an ICE spokeswoman said.

He pleaded guilty in March 2008 in New Mexico federal court to aiding and abetting terrorism transcending national boundaries and was sentenced to 13 years in prison.

Prosecutors said he had acquired explosives and sought to plant 14 timer-activated bombs at three points along the oil pipeline in an attempt to disrupt energy supplies on New Year's Day 2000.

According to court documents in the case, Reumayr planned to purchase large volumes of oil futures before the bombing and hoped to profit by selling them at a higher price amid market turmoil afterward.

The prosecution's case against Reumayr included letters and e-mails to a New Mexico man with whom he had served time in jail on mail fraud charges, who became an informant in the case.

The 33-year-old pipeline runs nearly 800 miles from the Arctic Ocean at Prudhoe Bay to the Gulf of Alaska at the port of Valdez.

The pipeline currently handles less than a third of the oil it did at its peak in the 1980s.

In fiscal year 2010, ICE deported nearly 196,000 convicted criminal aliens to their native countries, a record number, the government said.

(Writing and reporting by Steve Gorman; Editing by Peter Bohan)