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Peter Sean Brown turned himself in for a probation violation in April, after testing positive for marijuana.
He figured he’d do a little time in jail and then go back to his life in the Keys.
But Brown, 50, a U.S. citizen who was born in Philadelphia and raised in New Jersey, ended up on the fast track to deportation to Jamaica — a country he had visited for one day while on a cruise years ago.
Brown, who is represented by the American Civil Liberties Union and other agencies, is suing Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay, saying his constitutional rights were violated when he was locked up — on request by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement — for weeks while law enforcement worked to send him to Jamaica, despite his repeated protests that he is a U.S. citizen.