Charlotte - On September 11, Sunny Chukwu, a 59 year-old Nigerian citizen, was convicted in North Carolina Superior Court, Mecklenburg County, on three separate charges relating to trafficking in heroin, U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently announced.
On February 02, 2009, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport encountered Chukwu arriving from San Jose, Costa Rica. During the CBP inspection, it was discovered that he had concealed 295 grams of heroin on his person in an attempt to smuggle it into the United States.
The Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office prosecuted Chukwu who has been sentenced to 225-279 months of confinement. Chukwu is a Lawful Permanent Resident of the United States and is pending formal removal procedures once his criminal proceedings have been completed.
"This apprehension demonstrates our officer's vigilance and dedication to securing the homeland and safeguarding our citizens," said Patricia Fitzpatrick, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Area Port Director in Charlotte. "The officers here in Charlotte, as well as around the country work diligently to ensure that dangerous narcotics do not enter into our commerce. I continue to be very proud of the work they do everyday to keep us safe."
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers' primary mission is anti-terrorism; they screen individuals, vehicles, and goods entering the United States, while also facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel into and out of the United States. CBP Office of Field Operations is committed to securing our borders and cooperates with other law enforcement agencies in the enforcement of U.S. laws at the nation's borders.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.