CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. Aug. 19, 2009: Self-confessed Guyanese-born drug dealer, Shaheed `Roger` Khan, could be sentenced as early as next month.
United States Attorney, Benton J. Campbell, yesterday raised no objection to an earlier sentencing request by Khan`s attorneys.
In a letter to Judge Dora L. Irizarry, Campbell said his office will not object to moving Khan`s sentencing date `from November 6, 2009 to a date on or after September 14, 2009.`
The response comes less than a dozen days after Khan`s attorney, Diarmuid White, asked for an earlier sentencing date and Judge Irizarry gave the government until Monday to respond.
Khan pled guilty on March 16, 2009. His pre-sentence report was received on July 30, 2009 and he has raised no objections to the report.
Khan has long been jailed at the MCC since his arrest in 2006. Once he is sentenced, he will be moved to another penitentiary.
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.
Meanwhile, bombshell allegations linking Khan to the ruling Peoples Progressive Party Civic were disclosed by a former Khan employee and U.S. government witness in the case against Khan`s former lawyer, Robert Simels.
Selwyn Vaughn admitted under oath in the Brooklyn court that Guyana`s Minister of Health, Leslie Ramsammy, met with Khan to discuss the Buxton Gang.
Ramsammy, in Guyana, has vehemently denied that he has ever had any contact with Khan and called the testimony, `nonsense.`