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Man Who Sold Fentanyl on Alpha Bay Pleads Guilty Pro Se To Lying About Bitcoins Too

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Oct 15 – Chukwuemeka Okparaeke pleaded guilty on October 15 to importing and distributing fentanyl analogs, and to lying to authorities that his Bitcoin wallet had been hacked before agreeing to forfeiture.

  U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrate Judge Paul E. Davison conducted the two hour long change of plea proceeding by CourtCall on October 15. Inner City Press covered it.  

Okparaeke represented himself pro se, with a stand-by counsel. He had agreed to a plea agreement for at least 210 months, as well as the forfeiture.

   Judge Davison asked Okparaeke if he had been coersed into pleading guilty.    Okparaeke replied that the criminal justice system is inherently coersive, but no.   

Okparaeke emphasized that he had never heard of one of the analogs his Alpha Bay product was deemed substantially similar to.

After a break-down with his stand-by counsel, he slightly modified the plea - but emphasized that the packages from Hong Kong he tried to pick up did not, in fact, contain any controlled substances.  

  The plea was deemed sufficient. The sentencing is set for December 17.

The case is US v. Okparaeke, 17-cr-225 (Roman / Davison)


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