A Nigerian man has been sentenced to four years in jail in the UK for swallowing 67 wraps of cocaine before taking a flight from Brazil to London.
Nigerian resident in Eastfield in Peterborough, UK, identified as Samuel Nwankwo was sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court and the cocaine he swallowed were also ordered to be destroyed. He had previously pleaded guilty to one count of fraudulent evasion on the importation of a prohibited Class A drug.
27-year-old Nwankwo was stopped by Border Police at Terminal 3 London Heathrow as he alighted from a Latam Airlines flight from Sau Paulo on February 11th 2019.
He had been to Brazil for five days and had no checked baggage with him. He claimed he went to visit his wife and was short on annual leave. A body scan at the airport revealed suspicious shapes inside Nwankwo. He was then taken to a hospital for a CT scan where dozens of concealed packages were identified inside him.
Cindy Fayefunmi, from the Crown Prosecution Service said:
“Importing drugs by ingestion is illegal and could lead to lethal consequences.
Nwankwo was lucky to be alive after swallowing such a large quantity of cocaine. The CPS takes the trafficking of illegal drugs extremely seriously and will prosecute those who flout drug rules.”
The cocaine found in Nwankwo had an average purity of 77.1 per cent with an estimated value of £82,210.