|Thursday, February 03, 2011 – John Patti|
|A 27 year old Pikesville man has been sentenced to prison for importing heroin into the United States from Ghana. U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Suleiman Ahmed Zakaria to 10 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release.
The sentence is the result of an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and U.S. Customs and Border Protection .
According to trial testimony, on Jan. 26, 2010, officers at the Baltimore Washington International Airport inspected Zakaria as he entered the United States from London, England. The flight had originated in Accra, Ghana. About six pounds of heroin hydrochloride was found concealed within the lining of Zakaria’s luggage.