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Nigerian Found Guilty Of Smuggling Heroin From India Into U.S.

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March 3, 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ After deliberating less than 2 hours, a federal jury found Olajide Usman Abdul-Ganiu, a/k/a Abdul Usman Olajide Abdul‑Ganiu, a/k/a Abdul Usman Olajide Abdul‑Ganiyu guilty of two counts of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Olajide Usman Abdul‑Ganiu, 47, is a Nigerian citizen who lived in various locations in the Northside section of Pittsburgh was tried before United States District Judge David S. Cercone in Pittsburgh, Pa.

According to Assistant United States Attorney Ross E. Lenhardt, who prosecuted the case, the evidence presented at trial established that in and around December 2009 and continuing thereafter to on or about Jan. 6, 2010, Abdul‑Ganiu smuggled approximately $100,000 worth of heroin into the United States from India. Abdul‑Ganiu was apprehended after signing for a package of heroin in a false name. Money, cell phones and a digital scale with heroin residue were also found in his home.

Judge Cercone scheduled sentencing for July 7, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of between 5 and 80 years in prison and a fine of $4,000,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based on the seriousness of the offenses and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

The Immigration, Customs and Enforcement agents, inspectors with the United States Postal Inspection Service, Pennsylvania State Police Troopers and officers with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Olajide Usman Abdul‑Ganiu.

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