Another Nigerian has gone in for drug trafficking in the United Kingdom. The Arik air hostess Chinwendu Uwakaonyenma Ogbonnaya, 29, who was arrested in London United Kingdom for illegal possession of N60million worth of cocaine has been convicted by a Crown Court in West London.
The Nigerian air stewardess, who was caught trying to smuggle cocaine worth N60million into the United Kingdom from Lagos had flown into London’s Heathrow airport as a member of crew on a Nigerian flight from Lagos on 18 December 2011.
During searches by UK Border Agency officers at the airport’s crew clearance facility, her luggage revealed that she was carrying a rucksack with a false back.
On searching, officers discovered packages of cocaine hidden behind the false back.
Forensic tests later showed the packages contained approximately two kilos of high purity cocaine, which if cut and sold on the UK streets would have had a value of around £250,000.
Ogbonnaya had claimed on interrogation that she had been given the bag by a friend and that she was unaware it contained drugs.
However, she later pleaded guilty to attempting to import a class A drug, and a judge at Isleworth Crown Court in West London sentenced her to five and a half years in prison.
She will also face deportation at the end of her sentence.
Assistant director, Pete Avery, from the UK Border Agency’s Criminal and Financial Investigation Team, said:
“The cocaine found here was of a very high purity and there is no doubt that, had this woman not been stopped, it would’ve ended up being cut and sold on the streets of London.
“Ogbonnaya obviously sought to abuse her position as a crew member by bringing these drugs in. As a result, she now faces a long time away from home and behind bars.”
“UK Border Agency officers are on constant alert to keep class A drugs and other banned substances out of the UK and take them out of the supply chain before they reach the streets.”