It turned out Chelliah’s was a familiar face. In 2010, an FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force investigation found that Chelliah — the prior year, just after Sri Lanka’s central government military defeated the notorious U.S.-designated Tamil Tigers terrorist group — had started a trans-continental migrant-smuggling network based in India that, in fairly short order, illegally transported about 1,750 Sri Lankans into the United States through southern Florida, the 2011 FBI criminal complaint from the case states. He made international headlines in 2014 when five of his customers, who informed for the FBI, were embroiled in a long, controversial deportation battle afterward.