October 28, (THEWILL) – A Nigerian pilot, Jibril Adamu, and his American fellow, Jean-Claude Okongo Landji, have been found guilty by a US jury of conspiring to traffic cocaine.
Both men are awaiting sentencing, that ranges from a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life imprisonment.
They were charged for using a private jet to traffic over 5 kilograms of cocaine from South America to West Africa.
The Gulfstream G2 private jet is owned by Landji and is a US-registered aircraft.
Prosecutors said the pilots planned a distribution of the illegal drug in South America, Africa, Europe, and elsewhere.
Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York disclosed: “Landji agreed to use his company to arrange seemingly legitimate passenger ‘VIP’ flights to Europe, for which Adamu would serve as a pilot while concealing multi-ton quantities of cocaine hidden onboard for further distribution in European countries.”
In their recorded meeting, Landji agreed to traffic cocaine by aircraft with the co-conspirator, Adamu, who warned, “If you put one kilo on a plane that has the American registration, it’s the same thing as putting it . . . in the middle of . . . Madison Square Garden in New York. The same offence in the US justice system.”
The jury heard that in October 2018, Landji and Adamu were apprehended as they conducted a test shipment on the G2 private jet from Mali to Croatia with 1 kilogram of cocaine on board after the Croatian National Police and the DEA searched their plane that landed in Croatia.-