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Nigerian witch doctor sentenced to 14 years for East Texas drug trafficking

Published: Apr. 30, 2015 at 8:42 PM CDT
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(KLTV) - A 58-year-old Lafayette, Louisiana man was sentenced Thursday to federal prison for drug trafficking violations. U.S. Attorney John Bales released this information Thursday, which included details rather unique to this case. The man sentenced is a supposed "witch doctor."

Nigerian native Christopher Omigie is said to have offered his services as a witch doctor to those in the drug trade, and was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to provide supernatural protection from law enforcement. Omigie was consulted by drug traffickers in the Cesar Barrera and David Bazan drug trafficking organizations on a daily basis and before, during and after each drug transaction.

The "supernatural protections" rendered involved card readings, massages by Omigie using magic ointments, and cutting of the skin with razor blades.  He also used magic powder, magic amulets, magic belts, magic coconuts, and magic rocks. The persons being treated were required to talk to the magic rocks, Bales revealed.

Drug traffickers were required by Omigie to go without bathing or having intercourse for a period of time following magic treatments so as not to diminish the potency of the magic. Magic "law stay away" candles were also burned in order to protect drug traffickers from law enforcement detection. 

Omigie would regularly return to Africa at the drug traffickers' expense to renew his so-called supernatural powers. However, he was indicted by a federal jury on September 5, 2013. 

Cesar Barrera and David Bazan have since both pleaded guilty to schemes involving the trafficking of more than 1,000 kilograms of cocaine each.

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