Stanley Okpara, who was arrested by U.K. Border Force officers as he attempted to collect £13,000 ($20,800) worth of drugs that arrived in a freight shipment from Nigeria through Manchester Airport, was sentenced to seven years in jail.
Okpara, a Sierra Leone national, attempted to smuggle peppers stuffed with cocaine in a set of 15 boxes that arrived from Nigeria via Istanbul, Turkey.
According to The Mirror
and the Manchester Evening News
, officials secured the drugs weighing 200 grams and were of a high-level purity. The peppers themselves were rotting, which may have sped up the crates’ inspection.
“Our officers work round the clock, and use a combination of the latest technology, sniffer dogs and their own expertise and experience to protect our borders,” said Border Force spokesman Pete Avery.
has images of the peppers available here