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Drug mule who swallowed kilo of cocaine worth £80,000 was caught out when police saw him grimacing 


A drug mule who swallowed a kilo of cocaine value £80,000 was caught out pretending to be a Liverpool fan getting back from the UEFA Champions League ultimate when police noticed him grimacing in ache.

Benjamin Nwaogwugwu, 43, who was recruited by Colombian drug lords, swallowed the large 79 bundle haul at a resort in South America earlier than flying 5,000 miles to Paris after which house to the UK underneath the guise of being a soccer fan.

However he was detained on his arrival at Manchester Airport when officers noticed him grimacing in ache because of the results of the medication and he was taken to hospital the place it took two days to go all of the packages from his bowels for evaluation.

Specialists examined 19 of the packages to seek out all contained cocaine with a purity of as much as 89% with the haul being value as much as £80,000. 

Nwaogwugwu, of Longsight, Manchester, who has a spouse and teenage youngsters within the UK later claimed he had been pressured into changing into a medicine mule by gangsters who promised to take care of different members of his household in his native Nigeria.

Benjamin Nwaogwugwu, 43, who swallowed a kilo of cocaine value £80,000 hidden was caught out pretending to be a Liverpool fan getting back from the UEFA Champions League ultimate when police noticed him grimacing in ache

Nwaogwugwu, who was recruited by Colombian drug lords, swallowed the huge 79 package haul at a hotel in South America before flying 5,000 miles to Paris and then home to the UK under the guise of being a football fan

Nwaogwugwu, who was recruited by Colombian drug lords, swallowed the large 79 bundle haul at a resort in South America earlier than flying 5,000 miles to Paris after which house to the UK underneath the guise of being a soccer fan

He stated he had been informed to swallow 100 packages of cocaine however was bodily unable to ingest all of them. 

It isn’t thought the previous resort employee suffered any lengthy lasting medical ailing results from swallowing the medication.

It emerged the Colombians had exploited an EU freedom of motion loophole to smuggle the haul into Europe by way of French Guiana which is utilized by cartel bosses as a gateway to Europe because of it being an ‘abroad division’ of France.

Throughout questioning, officers checked Nwaogwugwu’s cell phone and located incriminating footage of a mysterious strip of land lined with palm bushes plus a resort primarily based in South America. 

At Minshull Avenue Crown Courtroom, Manchester, Nwaogwugwu was jailed for 4 years and two months after he pleaded responsible to importation of cocaine.

The arrest passed off when Border Company Officers intercepted Nwaogwugwu on June 1 2022.

He was detained on his arrival at Manchester Airport when officers saw him grimacing in pain due to the effects of the drugs and he was taken to hospital where it took two days to pass all the packages from his bowels for analysis

He was detained on his arrival at Manchester Airport when officers noticed him grimacing in ache because of the results of the medication and he was taken to hospital the place it took two days to go all of the packages from his bowels for evaluation 

Robert Smith prosecuting stated: ‘He confirmed he was not carrying something he was required to declare and stated he had been in Paris since Friday the place he had watched the Champions League ultimate with pals.

‘The defendant was requested whether or not he had any images of his weekend away however on inspection of his telephone, there was a video of a strip of land with palm bushes and an advert for a resort in French Guiana, South America.

‘The defendant denied he had been to French Guiana and denied that he was carrying medication in his system however he was then arrested and located to be in possession of a Spanish passport and a slip of paper with a phone quantity on it.

‘As French Guiana is a division of France and thus an extension of the European Union and given its proximity to nations comparable to Colombia and Suriname, it’s utilized by drug traffickers as a way of transporting medication with ease because of the relaxed journey restrictions between EU nations for these utilizing an EU passport.

‘Enquiries into flight data revealed the defendant had flown from Paris to French Guiana on the twenty eighth Might returning to Paris two days later.

‘Proof of one other reserving from Paris to French Guiana was discovered from February 2022 however the ticket was exchanged at a later stage for a journey voucher which was used to pay for the journey in Might.

Nwaogwugwu of Longsight, Manchester, who has a wife and teenage children in the UK later claimed he had been pressured into becoming a drugs mule by gangsters who promised to look after other members of his family in his native Nigeria

Nwaogwugwu of Longsight, Manchester, who has a spouse and teenage youngsters within the UK later claimed he had been pressured into changing into a medicine mule by gangsters who promised to take care of different members of his household in his native Nigeria

‘Having been supplied with a laxative, the defendant over two days, while supervised at Wythenshawe Hospital, handed 79 packages containing a compressed white powder by way of his bowels. 19 had been examined and located to comprise cocaine weighing slightly below 13 grams every.

‘Assuming all of the packages had been the identical, the consignment can be in line with a kilogram of cocaine with an estimated wholesale worth of £28,000 and if divided into 1g offers the worth would have been £80,000. The purity different from between 72 – 89%.

Nwaogwugwu answered no remark in interview. However in an in depth foundation of plea he stated he was born in Nigeria to a poor household and was the youngest of six brothers and had spent the previous few years transferring round Europe to seek out work in courts and lodges to help his household.

He stated his eldest is presently at college and he felt the ‘monetary stress of offering for his household’.

The assertion stated: ‘In October 2021, Benjamin was approached by a bunch of 5 males in Nigeria who stated that they may assist his household financially and that they owed him for his or her obvious assist in organising his sister’s market stall.

Experts tested 19 of the packages to find all contained cocaine with a purity of up to 89% with the haul being worth up to £80,000

Specialists examined 19 of the packages to seek out all contained cocaine with a purity of as much as 89% with the haul being value as much as £80,000 

‘He was then contacted by them in 2022 who indicated that they may assist his brother however that they would want to satisfy up in France to speak about it in individual. He travelled to France and was then informed fly to the French Guianan capital Cayenne the place he was taken by taxi to a resort the place he remained for 3 days and didn’t see anybody till the third day.

‘On the Monday earlier than being because of fly again, 4 to 5 males turned up on the resort and informed the defendant he needed to swallow the packages containing the managed medication.

‘The defendant was informed if he didn’t do that he and his household can be harmed and was threatened. There was a complete of 100 packages however the defendant might solely swallow 79 and was vomiting blood so needed to cease. He was taken to the airport and flown again to France, then onto Manchester.

‘The defendant was underneath vital stress to commit this offence however accepts this was not duress. The defendant didn’t stand to revenue financially from this exercise.’

In mitigation defence counsel Jack McCabe stated: ‘This case has been troublesome for him and his household. It’s a troublesome story the place the person has not solely misplaced his liberty but in addition the belief of his household. He had made his means all through Europe, working laborious and has all the time made contact together with his household wherever he went. However there was vital stress on him to supply for his household.

Nwaogwugwu said he had been told to swallow 100 packages of cocaine but was physically unable to ingest them all

Nwaogwugwu stated he had been informed to swallow 100 packages of cocaine however was bodily unable to ingest all of them

‘He was approached and given a possibility and sure there are vital parts of naivety. At sure factors he has been exploited. He was solely stopped on the airport given his critical bodily ache – the ache he felt because of the swallowing of the packages. The very act speaks volumes for the perils the defendant was in.’

Sentencing Decide Tina Landale informed Nwaogwugwu: ‘You turned concerned in an enterprise the place you tried to deliver cocaine into Manchester.

You cooperated with it and then you definately tried to lie your means out of it. Drug smuggling is a vile, vile commerce and it is clear that these criminals prey on the susceptible and also you had been exploited.

‘To date you had been making a constructive contribution to the group and it’s clear you’re a man of fine character and that you take care of your loved ones. Nevertheless, that is a particularly critical offence and there should be a deterrence to stop criminals from taking over most of these crimes.’

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