Benjamin Nwaogwugwu, a Nigerian resident of the UK, was apprehended by police at Manchester Airport for ingesting cocaine “worth £80,000.” He was sentenced to prison.
Nwaogwugwu, who claimed to have been employed by Colombian drug kingpins, allegedly ingested the illegal substance in a hotel in South America before taking a flight to Paris and then returning to the UK, according to Daily Mail.
When authorities noticed the 43-year-old grimacing in agony at the airport, he is claimed to have pretended to be a Liverpool supporter returning to the UK after seeing the UEFA Champions League final, which was held on May 28, 2022 in Paris.
After analysis, it was found that the cocaine had a “purity of up to 89%” after an assessment was done on 19 packets. It took him two days to pass out the narcotics from his intestines.
According to the report, Nwaogwugwu, who is alleged to be married with three children, claimed that if he didn’t carry the narcotics, other people threatened to hurt his family members in Nigeria.
According to the report, Nwaogwugwu, who is alleged to be married with three children, claimed that if he didn’t carry the narcotics, other people threatened to hurt his family members in Nigeria. “The defendant was told if he did not do this, he and his family would be harmed and was threatened. There was a total of 100 packages but the defendant could only swallow 79 and was vomiting blood so had to stop. He was taken to the airport and flown back to France, then onto Manchester,” a statement detailing his plea reads.
“The defendant was under significant pressure to commit this offence but accepts this was not duress. The defendant did not stand to profit financially from this activity.”
He was arrested on June 1, 2022, and sentenced to four years and two months in prison after pleading guilty to cocaine importation.
The presiding judge, Tina Landale, allegedly stated that despite Nwaogwugwu’s “clean” background, steps must be made to “prevent offenders from committing these sorts of acts.”
The judge was cited as stating, “You became involved in an enterprise where you attempted to bring cocaine into Manchester.”
“You cooperated with it and then you tried to lie your way out of it. Drug smuggling is a vile, vile trade and it’s clear that these criminals prey on the vulnerable and you were exploited.
“Up to now, you had been making a positive contribution to the community and it is clear you are a man of good character and that you care for your family. However, this is an extremely serious offence and there must be a deterrence to prevent criminals from taking on these types of crimes.”
Source: the cable