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Sentencing Of Guyana Drug Dealer Now Set For October

CaribWorldNews, BROOKLYN, NY, Weds. Sept. 9, 2009: Guyana-born drug dealer, Shaheed `Roger` Khan will have to wait another month to determine his sentence for the crimes he confessed to earlier this year.

Judge Dora Lizette Irizarry has now ruled that Khan will be sentenced on October 16th at 2 p.m. in a Brooklyn court.

Khan could spend the next 15 years in jail after changing his not-guilty plea and admitting to cocaine trafficking, weapons charges and witness tampering in March. On March 16, Khan changed his plea to guilty and admitted to 18 counts of drug-possession and drug-distribution charges, which alleged that he imported, conspired to import and distribute, and possessed cocaine for the purpose of distribution on a number of dates between 2001 and 2006.

He was also charged for being part of an international distribution conspiracy. Khan has remained in federal detention since his 2006 arrest by agents of the US Drug Enforcement Agency on a charge of masterminding large shipments of illegal drugs to the U.S.

Khan had initially pleaded not guilty to the charges but later changed his plea under a plea agreement worked out with prosecutors.

But it is a far cry from the sentence Khan could have obtained had he gone to trial. And it does not involve any of the alleged slayings in Guyana. Khan, 37, faces deportation after completing his sentence under U.S. immigration laws.