(PHOTO) Nigerian Arrested At UK Airport With Cocaine In Stomach Gets 4 Yrs. A Nigerian-Spanish man, Samuel Odinaka Onyekwere Okoye, 38, who swallowed 100 packages of cocaine in an attempt to smuggle them into the UK through Stansted Airport was sentenced to four years and four months imprisonment at Isleworth Crown Court on Thursday (February 9).
Okoye, of Abbey Street, in Hockley, was stopped by Border Force officers shortly after 10.30pm on December 15 last year when he arrived at Stansted on a flight from Amsterdam.
Swabs of his shoes gave a strong positive reading for traces of cocaine. Border Force officers use hi-tech search equipment to combat immigration crime and detect banned and restricted goods that smugglers attempt to bring into the country. They use various techniques including sniffer dogs, carbon dioxide detectors, heartbeat monitors, scanners and visual searches to find well-hidden stowaways, illegal drugs and firearms.
He was arrested and taken into Border Force detention where he excreted 100 wraps of cocaine, with an estimated street value of £100,000. He confessed to attempting to import cocaine, a Class A drug at an earlier hearing.
Taylor Wilson, Border Force Assistant Director at Stansted Airport, said: “This case shows the extreme lengths smugglers will go to in their attempts to bring Class A drugs into the UK.
“Okoye was risking his life by swallowing these packages. If just one had split it could have been fatal.
“While Okoye has escaped with his life, the sentence handed out means the consequences for him are still severe. It also sends a strong deterrent message to anyone thinking of smuggling drugs into the UK. We will catch you and you will pay with your liberty.
“Finally, the case serves as a grim reminder to people who would abuse illegal substances that this is often how the goods reach them, hidden inside desperate drugs mules.”
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