A Nigerian-Canadian dr#g mule, Emeka Ugwu, has been sentenced to over two years imprisonment in the U.K for smuggling £28k worth of [email protected] into Glasgow Airport.
Ugwu, who had been living in Canada, swallowed 80 capsules full of [email protected] before getting on a flight that landed at the Paisley travel hub on June 6 in a bid to get the dr#gs into the country.
Paisley Sheriff Court heard the 44-year-old dad had gone from Canada to France, then to Guayana. He returned to Paris and then headed for Scotland, after swallowing 1.2kg of the class A dr#g.
DailyRecord reports that Borer Force officials spotted discrepancies in Ugwu’s travel history and, when he was detained, he started to pass dozens of packages of white powder that later turned out to be identified as 1.2kg of [email protected] worth £28k.
Ugwu who had earlier refused to answer any questions about how the [email protected] became concealed in him, later told the court that he was forced to traffic the dr#gs through “fear for his and his families life.”
His attorney, Isla Sinclair, told the court on Friday, August 26, that he had taken a “solo-trip” leaving his pregnant partner at home.
“He went on holiday from Canada to Paris. But here he decided to visit Guyana, as he had a friend in Canada who had told him about the culture and how beautiful the country is. When he returned to Paris, he met three individuals and he got close to them.
They [email protected] him with his life and the life of his family and he was very [email protected] He was terrified for his life and felt like he had no option than to do what they said,” she explained.
Sentencing, Sheriff Brian Mohan said: “The circumstances were that you were at considerable personal risk by ingesting these packages which had to come out of your system by a number of bowel movements.
That is a very [email protected] way for dr#gs to be imported and I understand that reflects where you were in the chain. But this was a deliberate involvement in the trafficking of Class A dr#gs with a high value of over £28,000.”