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For Importing Meth to US From Turkey Farsi Speaker Pleads to 50 Grams for 135 Month Deal

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 22 – Mohsen Shojaeinia was arrested in March 2023, for importing meth and heroin into the US from Turkey and the UK. He was extradited in and was appointed publicly-funded counsel, then hired his own lawyer.  

  On May 1, 2024 he was scheduled to plead guilty before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Paul G. Gardephe. Instead, the retained lawyer was relieved, and an appointment of counsel scheduled in the SDNY Magistrates Court. Inner City Press was there.

  SDNY Magistrate Judge Barbara C. Moses asked Shojaeinia if he had been detained one year already. Yes (vale), he said, and one year before that awaiting extradition. Unfortunately. Even in leg irons, he was surprisingly chipper.  

 New counsel was appointed for a May 22 rescheduled guilty plea.

Inner City Press went on May 22. Shojaeinia answered Judge Gardephe in English, but still had the Farsi interpreter. His plea deal is for 135 to 168 months. Sentencing is set for October 4 at 3 pm.

The case is US v. Shojaeinia, 22-cr-379 (Gardephe / Moses)


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