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A drug mule who swallowed a kilo of cocaine worth £80,000 was caught out pretending to be a Liverpool fan returning from the UEFA Champions League final when police saw him grimacing in pain.

Benjamin Nwaogwugwu, 43, who was recruited by Colombian drug lords, swallowed the huge 79 package haul at a hotel in South America before flying 5,000 miles to Paris and then home to the UK under the guise of being a football fan.

But he was detained on his arrival at Manchester Airport when officers saw him grimacing in pain due to the effects of the drugs and he was taken to hospital where it took two days to pass all the packages from his bowels for analysis.

Experts tested 19 of the packages to find all contained cocaine with a purity of up to 89% with the haul being worth up to £80,000. 

Nwaogwugwu, of Longsight, Manchester, who has a wife and three sons aged 18, 15 and 14 in the UK later claimed he had been pressured into becoming a drugs mule by gangsters who promised to look after other members of his family in his native Nigeria.

Benjamin Nwaogwugwu, 43, who swallowed a kilo of cocaine worth £80,000 hidden was caught out pretending to be a Liverpool fan returning from the UEFA Champions League final when police saw him grimacing in pain

Benjamin Nwaogwugwu, 43, who swallowed a kilo of cocaine worth £80,000 hidden was caught out pretending to be a Liverpool fan returning from the UEFA Champions League final when police saw him grimacing in pain

Nwaogwugwu, who was recruited by Colombian drug lords, swallowed the huge 79 package haul at a hotel in South America before flying 5,000 miles to Paris and then home to the UK under the guise of being a football fan

Nwaogwugwu, who was recruited by Colombian drug lords, swallowed the huge 79 package haul at a hotel in South America before flying 5,000 miles to Paris and then home to the UK under the guise of being a football fan

He said he had been told to swallow 100 packages of cocaine but was physically unable to ingest them all. 

It is not thought the former hotel worker suffered any long lasting medical ill effects from swallowing the drugs.

It emerged the Colombians had exploited an EU freedom of movement loophole to smuggle the haul into Europe via French Guiana which is used by cartel bosses as a gateway to Europe due to it being an 'overseas department' of France.

During questioning, officers checked Nwaogwugwu's mobile phone and found incriminating pictures of a mysterious strip of land lined with palm trees plus a hotel based in South America. 

At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, Nwaogwugwu was jailed for four years and two months after he pleaded guilty to importation of cocaine.

The arrest took place when Border Agency Officers intercepted Nwaogwugwu on June 1 2022.

He was detained on his arrival at Manchester Airport when officers saw him grimacing in pain due to the effects of the drugs and he was taken to hospital where it took two days to pass all the packages from his bowels for analysis

He was detained on his arrival at Manchester Airport when officers saw him grimacing in pain due to the effects of the drugs and he was taken to hospital where it took two days to pass all the packages from his bowels for analysis 

Robert Smith prosecuting said: 'He confirmed he was not carrying anything he was required to declare and said he had been in Paris since Friday where he had watched the Champions League final with friends.

'The defendant was asked whether he had any photographs of his weekend away but on inspection of his phone, there was a video of a strip of land with palm trees and an advert for a hotel in French Guiana, South America.

'The defendant denied he had been to French Guiana and denied that he was carrying drugs in his system but he was then arrested and found to be in possession of a Spanish passport and a slip of paper with a telephone number on it.

'As French Guiana is a department of France and thus an extension of the European Union and given its proximity to countries such as Colombia and Suriname, it is used by drug traffickers as a means of transporting drugs with ease due to the relaxed travel restrictions between EU countries for those using an EU passport.

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