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Nigerian, Adamu, Gabonese Convicted Of Drug Trafficking Charges In US



A Nigerian nationwide, Jibril Adamu, and one different, Jean-Claude Okongo Landji, has been convicted for conspiring to make use of a United States-registered plane to fly tons of cocaine between South America, Africa and Europe.
This was introduced by Damian Williams, the US Lawyer for the Southern District of New York, and Wendy C. Woolcock, Particular Agent in Cost of the Particular Operations Division of the US Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) on Tuesday.


In keeping with them by way of a press launch from the US Lawyer’s Workplace, a jury returned responsible verdicts on Monday towards Landji and Adamu on the cost of conspiring to visitors 5 kilograms and extra of cocaine on board an plane owned by a United States citizen and registered in the US.
The US District Choose, Paul G. Gardephe, presided over the two-week trial.
Williams stated, “As a jury discovered, Jean-Claude Okongo Landji and Jibril Adamu sought to take advantage of their skills as pilots and use Landji’s personal jet to smuggle multi-ton a great deal of cocaine from South America to West Africa and on to Europe and elsewhere. 
“Presuming they’d have the ability to make common runs to Europe, figuratively flying below the radar, Landji and Adamu have been as an alternative arrested in Croatia on the finish of an preliminary take a look at flight.  Now they await sentencing for his or her crime.”
As mirrored within the indictment, public filings, and the proof offered at trial:
Starting in or about October 2017, Landji Adamu, and others agreed to make use of a United States-registered Gulfstream G2 personal jet owned by Landji, a United States citizen, to distribute multi-ton portions of cocaine in South America, Africa, Europe, and elsewhere.
Landji and Adamu, who’re each pilots, deliberate to make use of the G2 and different plane to fly unregistered and untraceable “black flights” with multi-thousand kilogram a great deal of cocaine from South America to West Africa to be unloaded at clandestine airstrips, together with touchdown websites within the Sahara desert.
“After the cocaine was off-loaded in Africa, Landji and Adamu deliberate to make use of Landji’s aviation enterprise, integrated within the state of Georgia, as cowl for cocaine smuggling flights to Europe and elsewhere. 
“For instance, Landji agreed to make use of his firm to rearrange seemingly reliable passenger “VIP” flights to Europe for which Adamu would function a pilot whereas concealing multi-ton portions of cocaine hidden on board for additional distribution in European nations.”
On or about October 30, 2018, the 2 defendants carried out a take a look at cargo and flew the G2 from Mali to Croatia with one kilogram of cocaine on board. 
They anticipated that their profitable provision of the one-kilogram cocaine pattern to purchasers in Europe would pave the way in which for offering twice-monthly shipments of cocaine value as a lot as $40 million every within the European market. 
Nevertheless, members of the Croatian Nationwide Police investigating Landji and Adamu in coordination with the DEA searched the G2 following their arrival in Croatia, recovered the kilogram of cocaine, and arrested Landji and Adamu.  Each defendants have been later extradited to the US.
The USAO additional said that, “Landji, 58, of the US and Gabon, and Adamu, 58, of Nigeria, have been convicted of 1 rely of conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine with a US citizen on board any plane, and on board an plane owned by a US citizen or registered within the US, which carries a compulsory minimal sentence of 10 years in jail and a most sentence of life in jail. 
“The statutory minimal and most sentences on this case are prescribed by Congress and are offered right here for informational functions solely, as any sentencing of the defendants can be decided by Choose Gardephe.”
This case is being dealt with by the Workplace’s Terrorism and Worldwide Narcotics Unit.  Assistant US Attorneys Elinor L. Tarlow and Matthew J.C. Hellman are answerable for the prosecution.

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