Private pilot imported cocaine to NJ from Guyana

Private pilot faces charges in federal court with imported cocaine and distributes a large quantity from Guyana to New York and New Jersey.

Private pilot faces charges in federal court with imported cocaine and distributes a large quantity from Guyana to New York and New Jersey.

According to U.S. Attorney’s Office District of New Jersey, Khamraj Lall, 50, a private pilot has been charged with one count each of conspiracy to imported cocaine and distribute cocaine, launder money and structure funds. He was arraigned before U.S. District Judge Michael A. Shipp in Trenton federal court. Lall was arrested on July 22, 2015, and has been in custody up to present time.

From April 2011 through November 2014, Khamraj Lall allegedly imported large quantities of cocaine from Guyana, South America to New Jersey and New York on his privately-owned jet aircraft and then laundered the proceeds into banks in New York and New Jersey. Subsequently, the pilot smuggled hundreds of thousands of U.S. dollars in cash back to Guyana.

Khamraj Lall performed or had others cooperators perform, about 1,287 cash deposits totaling approximately $7,549,775 into over than 20 different bank accounts. All deposits were for amounts less than $10,000 to deceive certain banking reporting laws.

The indictment documents forfeiture of multiple properties as well as two private jets aircraft that pilot purchased with structured funds or was otherwise involved in the criminal activities.

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The conspiracy to import and distribute cocaine charges carry a minimum punishment of 10 years, a maximum of life sentencing in federal prison, and a $10 million fine. The conspiracy to launder money charge carries a potential punishment of 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine. The conspiracy to structure funds charge carries a potential punishment of five years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

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The US government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jonathan M. Peck, Barry A. Kamar, and Melissa M. Wangenheim of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Organized Crime/Drug Enforcement Task Force Unit, Assistant U.S. Attorneys Peter Gaeta and Sarah Devlin of the Asset Forfeiture-Money Laundering Unit, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Marangola of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of New York.