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How well do you know your friend that you have been communicating with for two years? Is he just someone you have met electronically but have no actual personal relationship with? Are you mailing the packages back overseas?
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There is no legitimate reason for your "friend" to enlist your aid in this matter. And of course, you can contact DHL with a long distance phone call from anywhere in the world. He's lying to you, and it goes without saying that if he can have the packages shipped to you, he could reship them himself. The only reason to do it this way is so that the packages will trace to you and not to him.
He's either got you trafficking in stolen goods, which were ordered with someone's stolen credit card and that's why he is taking himself out of the equation, or he's got you mailing contraband out of the country. From what you tell me, it looks like the latter.
Can you get in trouble? Potentially, yes, though it may be nipped in the bud now. Talk to your "friend" and let him know that from here, this is his problem. Then you ought to cease any further contact with your "friend" -- you don't need friends like this one -- and sit tight. If you are contacted by DHL pass this to the original sender. Save all correspondence about this so that you can demonstrate if it ever becomes relevant that you are the innocent victim of a reshipping scam. If you are contacted by the authorities, say nothing about this until you have retained a criminal lawyer.
If it's contraband, they would more likely just seize the goods. There are only two computers involved. But if they did feel you were part of a conspiracy to traffic internationally, you could face Federal charges.
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