Nige­rian who swal­lowed 46 co­caine cap­sules be­fore flight from Brus­sels jailed seven years

Malta Independent - - NEWS - He­lena Grech

A Nige­rian na­tional was yesterday sen­tenced to seven years im­pris­on­ment af­ter he was found to be car­ry­ing 588 grams of co­caine, by swal­low­ing the sub­stance in nu­mer­ous cap­sules, be­fore get­ting on a flight from Brus­sels to Malta.

The ac­cused, Eddy Favour Imeh, was charged with conspiring to traf­fic the sub­stance and be­ing in pos­ses­sion of the drug for the pur­poses of traf­fick­ing.

The in­ci­dent took place on 5 Au­gust 2013, when the ac­cused had conspired with per­sons over­seas to carry a large quan­tity of co­caine on his per­son, to be de­liv­ered to an­other in­di­vid­ual in Malta upon ar­rival. The ac­cused was to re­ceive in­struc­tions once he ar­rived in Malta.

The ac­cused was to re­ceive €36 for each cap­sule he swal­lowed, with the in­ten­tion of swal­low­ing 100 in to­tal. It tran­spired that he only man­aged to swal­low 46. Upon ar­rival at Malta In­ter­na­tional Air­port, au­thor­i­ties had searched the ac­cused and sub­se­quently took him for an X-Ray, which is when the cap­sules were found. It is said that the street value of the cap­sules seized amount to roughly €37,000.

The ac­cused ad­mit­ted that the co­caine found on his per­son was in­tended to be traf­ficked.

The courts al­lowed the ac­cused to re­tract his guilty plea, and warned him of the pos­si­ble con­se­quences of such a plea, how­ever Mr Imeh chose not to re­tract.

In view of the above, the courts sen­tenced him to seven years im­pris­on­ment and fined him €5,000 – which is to be paid in 15 days. Fail­ure to do so, would amount to fur­ther jail-time. Judge An­to­nio Mizzi presided over the case.

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