SAYREVILLE — A Sayreville man was convicted on Dec. 11 for his role in a conspiracy to import heroin from India into the United States.
Adolphus Nwokedi 47, was charged with one count of conspiring with others to import 100 grams or more of heroin, according to a statement prepared by U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman.
He was convicted following a threeday trial in Newark federal court. The jury deliberated for about three hours before returning the guilty verdict, Fishman said.
Nwokedi conspired with an individual in India from October to December 2013 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 the Bronx, New York, Fishman said.
On Dec. 11, 2013, customs officers at the mail facility of JFK International Airport in New York intercepted the parcel and found 524 grams of heroin, according to Fishman.
On Jan. 2, 2014, agents with Homeland Security Investigations conducted a controlled delivery of the parcel. Nwodeki personally accepted the parcel in Newark and was subsequently charged, Fishman said.
The conspiracy count carries a sentence of five to 40 years in prison. Sentencing is set for March 21.