Cocaine mule given five-year sentence

A smuggler who swallowed cocaine has been sentenced to five years in prison.

A smuggler who swallowed cocaine has been sentenced to five years in prison.

David Ugochukwu (aged 31) from Blarney Street, Cork, attempted to bring £300,000 worth of the deadly drug into the North.

He was caught arriving at Belfast International Airport from Amsterdam in August 2008, Revenue and Customs said.

Assistant director John Whiting said: “Criminals dealing in illegal drugs are thinking solely of profit and show utter disregard for the damage drugs do to individuals and communities.”

Ugochukwu appeared at Antrim Crown Court yesterday after 46 packages containing nearly 629 grammes of cocaine were recovered.

He appeared on charges of being knowingly concerned in fraudulent evasion or attempted evasion of the prohibition on the misuse of drugs.

Mr Whiting encouraged anybody with information about the illicit trade to contact him.

“Revenue and Customs continues to work with the police and other law enforcement agencies such as the UK Border Agency (UKBA) to protect the public from the significant and damaging effect drugs have on our communities,” he added.

“This collaboration is helping to protect the UK from the violence and corruption that always accompanies the trade in illegal drugs.”

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