Leader of Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering Organization with Ties to Mexican Cartel Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison
BOSTON – A Canton man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for conspiracy to distribute heroin.
Obinna Obiora, 38, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young to 10 years in prison and three years of supervised release. Obiora, a native of Nigeria, will be subject to deportation upon completion of his sentence. On Jan. 17, 2017, following a six-day trial, a federal jury convicted Obiora of conspiring with others to distribute one kilogram of heroin in the greater Brockton area.
Over the course of three weeks between September and October 2015, Obiora and his brother, Chukwuma Obiora, supplied heroin to Marvin Antoine in amounts ranging from 300 to 400 grams. The last time the Obioras distributed heroin to Antoine, he stole the drugs and refused to pay. To collect his debt, Obinna Obiora repeatedly placed calls to Antoine, which were intercepted on a federally-authorized wiretap.
In January 2017, Chukwuma Obiora pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin and was sentenced in March to four years in prison and three year of supervised release. Marvin Antoine pleaded not guilty and is scheduled for trial on Sept. 18, 2017.
Acting Unitd States Attorney William D. Weinreb and Michael J. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Boston Field Division, made the announcement. The Brockton Police Department, Massachusetts State Police and Barnstable Police Department assisted with the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Eric Rosen and Leah Foley of Weinreb’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit prosecuted the case.