United States Attorney
Southern District of New York
JUNE 24, 2011 ELLEN DAVIS, JERIKA RICHARDSON,
PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the
Southern District of New York, and JAVIER F. PENA, the Special
Agent-in-Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (“DEA”)
Caribbean Division, announced today the unsealing of an
Indictment charging EDWIN CHIEDU OBIORAH, a/k/a “Eddie Murphy,”
with conspiracy to import and to distribute heroin into the
United States, and OBIORAH’s arraignment before United States
Magistrate Judge JAMES L. COTT on these charges. He was arrested
in the Dominican Republic on June 21, 2011, and was transferred
to the custody of the United States on June 23, 2011, and
expelled from the Dominican Republic without further proceedings.
According to the Indictment and other documents filed
in Manhattan federal court, as well as statements made during
From at least 2007 through the present, OBIORAH was a
key member of an international narcotics trafficking network that
spanned four continents, operating in countries in North America,
South America, Africa, and Europe. Over at least a four-year
period, OBIORAH, a large scale narcotics broker, negotiated the
sale of millions of dollars of heroin, for importation into the
OBIORAH is charged with one count of conspiracy to
import heroin into the United States, in violation of Title 21,
United States Code, Section 963, and one count of conspiracy to
distribute heroin, in violation of Title 21, United States Code,
Section 846. If convicted, he faces a mandatory minimum sentence
of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison on
each count. The case has been assigned to United States District
Judge HAROLD BAER, J.
MR. BHARARA praised the outstanding efforts of the
DEA’s Caribbean Division, the DEA Lagos Country Office, the DEA’s
Baltimore District Office, and the DEA’s New York Field Division.
He also thanked the government of the Dominican Republic and the
Dominican National Drug Control Directorate for their cooperation
The case is being handled by the Office’s Terrorism and
International Narcotics Unit. Assistant United States Attorney
RANDALL W. JACKSON is in charge of the prosecution.
The charges contained in the Indictment are merely
accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and
until proven guilty.