The death of a pregnant drug mule leads to the discovery of a Nigerian heroin smuggling ring that leads all the way to a diplomat who is also a Nigerian tribal chief.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Cragen
Paul Robinette
Dr. Elizabeth Olivet (credit only)
Sir Idris Balewa
Phillip Marietta
Chief Ola-Gimju Nwaka
Harry Sibelius
Babatunde Amoda
Robert Katims ...
Jacob Bloom
Beatrice Winde ...
Sarah De Witt


Detectives Briscoe and Logan investigate the death of a Nigerian woman, Kelani Amoda, who died soon after her arrival in New York City. She was a drug mule and had ingested packets of heroin but one obviously burst killing her and her unborn child. Her husband was already in New York and she had arranged a job with a Nigerian oil company's US offices. Her visa was sponsored by her tribal chief Ola-Gimja Nwaka who also holds diplomatic status in the United States. ADA Stone has every intention prosecuting Nwaka and receives some cooperation from the Nigerian Embassy's lawyer, Sir Idris Balewa. Stone's case is shaky however but Sir Idris has a solution for that. Written by garykmcd

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9 December 1992 (USA)  »

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During the beginning few minutes the meter in the cab reads "$20.50" and a few minutes later reads "$14.00" See more »


Detective Mike Logan: Hey, suppose Kelani isn't the only smuggler on the plane? You think Transmission Travel gives frequent swallower miles?
Detective Lennie Briscoe: All I know is, 20 years ago, two Cuba Libres and I'd have the passenger list.
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References Romper Room and Friends (1953) See more »

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Tribal loyalty
21 July 2017 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

A young pregnant Nigerian woman gets off the plane at JFK and gets into a cab, but going over one of the East River bridges she starts going into seizure. At the hospital she's pronounced DOA and her baby is stillborn.

No wonder this happened the woman had swallowed several balloons of cocaine and one of them burst. Where the investigation takes Jerry Orbach and Chris Noth is to a Nigerian tribal chief Wendell Pierce who expedites work visas and Andrew Robinson hires them at his construction business.

The problem that Michael Moriarty and Richard Brooks have is the tribal loyalty that the members of Pierce's own tribe whom he uses in his dirty work have generational ties to their chief. Even Roscoe Lee Browne from the Nigerian consulate tries his best. but as we learn Browne has an agenda of his own, a most interesting agenda and solution to all the problems law enforcement has here.

The ending is truly poetical.

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