Former soldier gets 10 years for heroin smuggling
WILMINGTON, Del. - September 4, 2013 (WPVI) -- A former Army captain who pleaded guilty to smuggling heroin into the U.S. while working as a contractor in Afghanistan has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.
Thirty-six-year-old Saleem Akbar Sharif of Johns Island, S.C., was sentenced Wednesday by a federal judge in Delaware. He pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute heroin.
The defense blamed Sharif's criminal conduct on post-traumatic stress disorder from the violence he saw after being deployed to Iraq in 2004.
Prosecutors suggested that Sharif was motivated by profit, and the defense acknowledged that Sharif knew what he was doing was wrong. Court records show Sharif and his accomplices concealed the heroin in DVD cases.
delaware news, illegal drugs, local/state
- SEPTA unveils strike plan; union says strike unlikely 7 min ago
- Milder this afternoon, snow possible Monday
- Get the 6abc StormTracker app
- WATCH: Action News Online
- Runway reopens after failed takeoff at PHL 14 min ago
- Photos: Pictures from PHL after landing gear collapse
- Investigator: Missing plane flew over Malaysia 11 min ago
- Police investigate death of toddler at Del. daycare
- Truck overturns on Paoli Pike; 1 injury
- Drunk driving suspected in Center City crash
- Photos: Pictures of Old City building collapse
- 5 arrested after Logan murder, standoff
- Teen father arrested for biting nose off infant
- Mississippi man who awakened inside body bag dies
- SEPTA unveils strike plan; union says...
7 min ago
- Runway reopens after failed takeoff at PHL
14 min ago