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Nigerian Man Sentenced to 263 Years in U.S Prison for Drug Dealing/Money Laundering

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Felix-Okafor Bella Naija

A 53-year-old U.S-based Nigerian man has been sentenced to 263 years in prison for drugs and weapons distribution/sales and money laundering.

The man, Felix Okafor, who migrated to the U.S in 1981, was sentenced on April 10, Punch reports.

According to reports, Okafor purchased a convenience store in Benson, North Carolina, called “Flying Eagles Groceries,” which he ran himself. However, it was discovered that the store was just a cover-up for his illegal activities.

Residents became suspicious of Okafor over time, because he didn’t seem to care about his supposed business.

The store was reportedly disorganised and dirty and always “half empty.” Also, he often sold residents expired food items and groceries.

What raised further suspicion was that strange people with expensive cars would always visit the store at odd hours.

Eventually, the store drew the attention of  federal, state and local authorities, who began to conduct undercover investigations.

Okafor’s store was under surveillance for about 10 months. Unknown to him, during that period, many of the drugs and weapons transactions he conducted with “customers” were actually undercover agents.

He was subsequently arrested and convicted of “25 drug and gun charges, including 11 counts of possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, six counts of distribution of heroin and four counts of distribution of marijuana, and money laundering.”

He is currently serving his 263-year sentence at the United States Penitentiary in West Virginia.

Photo Credit: Punch

39 Comments

  1. Aragon

    July 12, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    I have since noticed that the Yorubas at Bellanaija like all other Yoruba owned media go out of their ways to source any bad news concerning any person of Igbo origin. Now tell me what concerns us with someone who has been living in the US since ‘1981’ apart from the fact that his name is Igbo.
    These fools who always think they are smart, tribal as ever, as is evident in any ministry or office they occupy look the other way even when global news media carry stories constantly on heinous crimes committed by yorubas the world over.
    A few weeks ago a Yoruba man broke into Buckingham palace and was accosted by security men there. It was carried by news media that mattered but the petty-minded fools here at Bellanaija ignored it. Now we have 7 Yoruba men who are currently being held in Mexico for running a kidnapping and other crimes ring there. Will it be reported here? Don’t hold your breath.
    After this news on Bellanaija, wait for another one on a probable ‘Igbo’ woman who was caught by the corrupt Yoruba neanderthals who run NDLEA for smuggling a few capsules of ‘coacain in her private parts’.
    Yorubas live up to their name which is envy and deciet. They can’t even hold themselves from displaying their tribalism even on a media platform owned by a supposed ‘igbo woman.’ She pays their salaries but they can’t help themselves. Can they?
    Agwo aghaghi imu ihe toro ogologo.

    • lex

      July 13, 2014 at 1:58 am

      You are sick in the head.

    • Damy

      July 13, 2014 at 3:00 am

      Lol, the thing pain you o! Sorry, no vex ehn! As an upstanding Nigerian citizen of yoruba descent I’d like to point out that I’m not envious of others and deceit is not in my way of life. Can’t stand when people generalize without carrying out the appropriate research. What sampling method did u use? What was your sample size? What was your confidence level? I need all these info n more to accept ur Yoruba’s are envious n deceitful statement.

    • Honeymix

      July 13, 2014 at 3:02 am

      Wow, u sound so stupid. So what makes u think a Yoruba person wrote this piece, how did u even come to that conclusion? Again is okafor an Igbo name? Really, I shake my head for u, ur level of ignorance is mind-blowing. All u got from this is d person’s tribe. We have a long way to go in Nigeria and THIS is a perfect example of why d country is d way it is.
      One Nigeria

    • Mrs BBB

      July 13, 2014 at 3:15 am

      I hope you know that BN was started and currently being run by an “igbo” person? You rant doest even make any sense, go over their past post and see if all other crimes being committed by persons of Nigerian decent haven’t been reported.

    • Mrs BBB

      July 13, 2014 at 3:19 am

      Your*,doesn’t”,

    • uniyuu

      July 13, 2014 at 8:05 am

      Wierd tribalistic cocoon like you.

    • Toma

      July 13, 2014 at 12:19 pm

      You have only succeeded in showing how small minded and ignorant you are! I am proudly yoruba and a dignified one at that. Yorubas will continue to thrive and succeed while people like you, together with your ilk, will continue to be bitter and spiteful. Jesus endured worse and it only made him more famous. So basically you are a stepping stone on the ground that will take yorubas higher. Looool

    • tee

      July 13, 2014 at 4:03 pm

      Dear Aragon,
      Since you have made’tribalism’ your life calling, hope you read this and feel fulfilled.
      Sincerely,
      A yoruba girl.

      http://www.bellanaija.com/2014/07/12/nigerian-man-sentenced-to-263-years-in-u-s-prison-for-drug-dealingmoney-laundering/

    • prince

      July 13, 2014 at 6:01 pm

      You’re Nothing! but a – tribal racist.

    • Ann

      July 13, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      The founder and CEO of Bella Naija is igbo. Are you alright?

    • Obi

      July 13, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      Dear Aragon,

      Simply to indulge you, Bella is not Yoruba. Secondly, even if she were, what has that got to do with this article? Or did you fail to read the later article of the 3 people arrested in the UK??? Was that an Igbo/ Ijaw/ Ogoni/ Tiv person infiltrating “Yoruba Run” Bellanaija to publish articles against Yoruba people? Dear Aragon, granted, no one likes to see/ hear bad reports concerning his or her kinsman. BUT, you really have no business slighting BN. Your comments are insulting and unnecessary. Please desist from such.

      On second thought, perhaps you’re simply trying to incite arguments based on tribal differences. Again, cease & desist from such, as it does no one any good.

    • ROBINAHOOD

      July 13, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      the inferiority complex is real!!!!

    • memoi

      July 14, 2014 at 2:04 pm

      Gosh, you are so tribalist!!!! For you to keep watch like this looking for “facts” to prove your already propounded theory. Its really bad, watch it before it gets worse

    • FrankAyee

      May 30, 2018 at 1:48 pm

      You definitely belong to the zoo…sick head fool

  2. mich

    July 12, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    Which kain 263 years in prison is this one, they for just say na life in prison sentence him get.

    Nigerians in the US, for every positive story, there is a negative one.

  3. nystyle

    July 13, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Aragon.. dumb head ignorant air head like you…for all u know the owner of Bella naija is Igbo..How so stupid some people are…”Yoruba people go and look for stories about people fromm Igbo origin…Honestly you should be thrown in jail with this man! Idiot.. this is definitely news for all Nigerians in America and Nigeria ok?it may not be news for u bcos all u do is read blogs and make dumb comments…pls do everyone a favor and SHUT UP!!!!!!

    • Aragon

      July 13, 2014 at 12:25 am

      Put up the stories of those 7 Yoruba men arrested in Mexico 2 days ago for running a kidnap and ransom ring. Is that not news worthy on Bellanaija & Punch? There is no need for too much talk.

    • Tee

      July 13, 2014 at 8:16 am

      You seem to be the only person focusing on tribes! I’m Yoruba and have none of those traits u mentioned neither do I go around labeling people based on their tribe. You need some enlightenment, go read something other than blogs! Smh

    • Tee

      July 13, 2014 at 8:17 am

      And no Punch does not count!

  4. Sarah okoli

    July 13, 2014 at 12:10 am

    Abeg which man on earth in this our generation will live that long…una 4 kill am nah

    • omalichaspeaks.blogspot.com

      July 14, 2014 at 1:59 am

      I tire o! These oyinbo people sef……like they will say- he’ll be incarcerated for the rest of his natural life.

  5. Dizzy

    July 13, 2014 at 12:23 am

    I’m patting myself on the back!! It seems I have been evaluated above petty tribalism .

    I didn’t even notice the man was Igbo or Yoruba, all I saw was that he was nigerian and that was enough.

    By the grace of God the rest of us would all be elevated!

  6. sapphire

    July 13, 2014 at 1:33 am

    I don’t know why ur mind will go in that direction sef. Na wa o…. I didn’t even notice d tribe. phewwwww

  7. kiki

    July 13, 2014 at 5:17 am

    Aragon, honestly, not until I read your comment all I saw was a Nigerian man sentEnce to the end of his time in USA. Why do people like you always try to create issues where there was none? My advice for you is that you and your kinsmen should just go and establish a newspaper house so that you can be publishing stories About your Yoruba brothers that you claimed are Envyous of the Ibos or you create blogs. Lol

  8. Yemi Blaq

    July 13, 2014 at 7:01 am

    Aragon Please desist worth these inflammatory statements. It’s amazing that these tribalistic views still prevail in 2014. Another Nigerian gives us a bad name. . Isn’t that cause for general concern? What’s with the sectarian accusations? Ol boy cooluo down.

  9. T-girl

    July 13, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Aragon, I think you are the only person with a tribal complex here. The fact that this man is ibo didn’t even cross my mind till I read your comments. You are pretty much what is wrong with Nigeria. Please educate and expose yourself

  10. dino

    July 13, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    We too like money. Chai,na naija man again. Mak him rot for prison. Him think say u fit do anyhow for ther. If na 4 here court for declare am inocent. Die ther for prison!

  11. Kaybee

    July 13, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Aragon. Such vitriol. Why not join Bella naija as official Igbo correspondent and scout for Igbo-centric-positive news. You sabi type epistle, so you have some skills.

  12. LMAO ARAGON HAS ISSUES

    July 13, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Lol, read the story about a ‘Nigerian Man’ then read Aragon’s comment and was like HUH! That babe has issues mehn. ROFLOA. And isn’t the owner of Bella Naija, ibo? I remember seeing her on CNN Africa, an igbo chick that went to my secondary school. Aragon stop seeing the world through tribal tinted glasses. People like you are almost everything that is wrong with the world. Let there be peace. Narrow minded girl you. lol Signed B x

  13. tee

    July 13, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    We are a blessed generation,a trail blazer,a pace setter in Naija,Pls do a research on what I just said and I mean in all ramifications @aragon. In terms of bad headline and tribe,we are all guilty.Bad people don’t have a tribe,they are everywhere,be it yoruba,Igbo and hausa.

  14. lusciouskels

    July 13, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Plssssss stop writing nonsense!! Am proudly Igbo and I do not support your view one bit!! Take your bitterness elsewhere cos it’s vain…

  15. mulikat

    July 13, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    That is nice one, 263yrs,that means he will die thier and is family at home enjoy the bad money he make for them, pls Uk Govt, cheek this one, any Nigeria in Bad business e.g.Drug Dealing/Money Laundering and Human traficing pls give them over 100yrs pls,let them die in prison,dont send them back to nigeria,we have enough of them here,we dont want more.cos in Nigeria they buy their freedom and go back to the dirty way,so keep them in ur prison pls,that nice.

  16. Changing Faces

    July 13, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Murderers get away with a lot less! I Na wa o, these people don’t play with their money

  17. ao

    July 13, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    It is generally accepted that no one lives for 263 years. So, what would be the point of giving anyone such a sentence other than to drive home a point, make an example, or something else. I understand that the sentence was based on guidelines, but it is excessive. especially when one considers that convicted killers often get less time.

    • Beloved

      July 13, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      When you break a penal code or a statute, there are stipulated punishment for every crime you commit. All that number of years will be calculated according to each code that was broken…it doesn’t matter if it’s 1000 yrs. This man is charged with multiple crimes.

  18. Ibukun

    July 14, 2014 at 12:01 am

    I had actually closed this page. but i had to come back. Chai Aragon, you are a nimcompoop i swear. So people like you truly exist ? Oh my days, your folly runneth over. What does yoruba owned media even mean ? people say private, public, how is yoruba a classification.

    Are you seeing you are the tribalist one from the ridiculous way your mind is working ? Yorubas live up to the name you gave them in that matchbox that you call a head, which by the way is filled with styrofoam and expired peanut butter.

    Don’t come here with your idisoyncracies to incite people abeg. Next time just put on your Oliver de Coque and eat ukwa or whatever your smelly igbo mouth likes to feast on. I’d love to write more but I won’t risk having this comment deleted. On the real though, you should get yourself checkd. Iberibe !!! Anu gboko !!!

  19. Adebola

    July 14, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Anoufia Aragon! we don’t need people like you in niga biko.

  20. Colour Purple

    November 11, 2014 at 6:29 am

    As much as the ignorance behind aragon’s statement bothers me, what troubles me more are the comments from people like ibukun ‘Oliver de coque, ukwa, smelly Igbo mouth’ comment. I mean you’re just as bad as he/she is, you just did not throw the first punch. Aragon please change your mindset, tribalism is just as bad as racism.

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