Ghana Man Pleads Guilty to Importing Heroin

Smugglers hid heroin in wigs, bags

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012  |  Updated 9:08 PM EDT
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A man from Ghana pleaded guilty to conspiring to import heroin into the United States, federal prosecutors said.

Edward Macauley, 61, also known as Cudjoe Opoku, entered the plea Tuesday. He faces a minimum of 10 years in prison at sentencing April 6.

According to court documents, Macauley led a heroin trafficking organization based in Ghana that recruited couriers to hide heroin in carry-on bags and wigs to smuggle into the U.S. through Dulles International Airport.

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