A Middlesex County New Jersey man is paying a heavy price for acting as a middleman for delivering a heroin package from India.
Sayerville, NJ man Adolphus Nwokedi was sentenced today to 5-years and 3-months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to import heroin from India into the United States.
Nwokedi was convicted following a three-day trial before U.S. District Judge Esther Salas in December 2015.
According to the court documents:
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.
Besides the 63-months prison term, Judge Esther Salas sentenced Nwokedi to four years of supervised release as well.