Nigerian Jailed 10 Years For Attempt To Smuggle Cocaine Into Ghana
A Nigerian citizen living in Brazil, Ernest Nnajuiba Ukechukwu, has been sentenced to a 10-year prison sentence from an Accra-Ghana High Court for attempting to smuggle cocaine weighing 16568.83 grams into Ghana.
He was arrested at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) by officials of the Narcotics Control Commission on December 11, 2022, when he was going through arrival formalities.
“The convict was arrested by NACOC officials at the arrival hall of the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) Officials picked him up as part of their daily routine where his narrations were found to be distorting, leading to further checks on his luggage, revealing the concealed consignment in his luggage.” Acting Director, Public Affairs And International Relations, Francis Opoku Amoah, said.
He was arraigned before the Criminal Court Division of the Accra High Court, on a six-count charge of narcotic offenses relating to the importation and possession of narcotic drugs, without lawful authority.
The possession, use and transportation of illicit drugs without lawful authorization are still illegal and punishable under sections 40 (1) and 41 (1) of the Narcotics Control Commission Act 2020 (Act 1019).
The convict pleaded guilty to the charge.
On July 13, 2023, the Court sentenced him to a minimum of 10 years in hard labour with a fine of Ten thousand penalty units, of which he will serve three additional years in default. The sentence is expected to run concurrently.
The Court also ordered the destruction of the exhibit.
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