NEWARK, N.J. – A Sayreville, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 63 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to import heroin from India into the United States, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Adolphus Nwokedi, 48, was previously convicted on an indictment charging him with one count of conspiring with others to import 100 grams or more of heroin. He was convicted following a three-day trial before U.S. District Judge Esther Salas, who imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and the evidence at trial:
From Oct. 2013 through Dec. 2013, Nwokedi conspired with an individual in India to ship a parcel containing heroin into the United States. In return for $3,000, Nwokedi agreed to accept the package at his business address in Newark and then deliver it to another conspirator living in Bronx, New York. On Dec. 11, 2013, customs officers at the John F. Kennedy International Airport mail facility intercepted the parcel and found 524 grams of heroin. On Jan. 2, 2014, agents with Homeland Security Investigations conducted a controlled delivery of the parcel. Nwokedi personally accepted the parcel in Newark and was subsequently arrested.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Salas sentenced Nwokedi to four years of supervised release.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Newark Division, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Terence S. Opiola, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys David M. Eskew and Melissa Wangenheim of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.
Defense counsel: Kevin F. Carlucci Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Newark