Alleged OITNB Drug Kingpin Loses US Court Case—Again

Buruji Kashamu is upset US agents helped Nigerian agents try to arrest him
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2017 4:20 PM CST
Buruji Kashamu   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – An alleged drug kingpin—and current Nigerian senator—who played a major part in the real-life story behind Orange Is the New Black still can't sue the US government, Courthouse News reports. Buruji Kashamu's claim against the US government was dismissed in court for a third time Monday. Orange Is the New Black follows the prison stint of Piper Kerman, who was busted for smuggling heroin. Kashamu was allegedly the source of that heroin, millions of dollars of which was brought into the US through O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.

Kashamu claims that Nigeria's National Drug Law Enforcement Agency worked with American DEA agents in 2015 to stake out his home in an attempt to apprehend him and transport him to the US for trial. He says he avoided arrest by hiding in his bathroom for six days until a Nigerian court ordered the agents to leave him be. A US judge reiterated Monday that this was perfectly legal, as US agents are allowed to help foreign agents in an arrest. Kashamu maintains that his brother, who is now dead, was the real drug kingpin and this whole thing is just a case of mistaken identities. (Read more Orange is the New Black stories.)

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