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Prison for former soldier for smuggling heroin

3 years 8 months 2 weeks ago September 04, 2013 Sep 4, 2013 Wednesday, September 04 2013 September 04, 2013 6:38 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Michael Marsh

WILMINGTON, DELAWARE- A former U.S. Army Captain who smuggled heroin got ten years in prison for bringing the drugs into the U.S. while working as a private contractor in Afghanistan. Saleem Akbar Sharif of South Carolina pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute. His lawyers blamed it on post-traumatic stress disorder from the violence he saw while deployed Iraq in 2004. Prosecutors say Sharif was motivated by greed. The heroin was concealed in DVD cases and even his lawyers acknowledged he knew he was doing wrong.

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