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Man who swallowed 100 cocaine pellets jailed for drug smuggling

Samuel Okoye
Samuel Okoye

A man who swallowed 100 packages of cocaine and tried to smuggle them into the UK through Stansted Airport has been jailed.

Samuel Okoye, 38, was stopped by Border Force officers when his flight from Amsterdam arrived on December 15.

Swabs of his shoes showed cocaine traces, he was detained and subsequently passed 100 packages of cocaine with an estimated street value of £100,000.

Okoye admitted attempting to import a Class A drug at an earlier hearing and was sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on Thursday.

The Spanish national, of Abbey Street, Birmingham, was jailed for four years and four months, the UK Border Force said.

Taylor Wilson, Border Force assistant director at Stansted Airport, said: "This case shows the extreme lengths smugglers will go to in their attempts to bring Class A drugs into the UK.

"Okoye was risking his life by swallowing these packages.

"If just one had split it could have been fatal."

He added: "The case serves as a grim reminder to people who would abuse illegal substances that this is often how the goods reach them, hidden inside desperate drugs mules."