Updated: Wednesday, 18th September 2019 @ 2:33pm

Drug smuggler who stuffed peppers with £13,000 cocaine jailed after trafficking attempt at Manchester Airport

Drug smuggler who stuffed peppers with £13,000 cocaine jailed after trafficking attempt at Manchester Airport

By Dean Wilkins

A drug smuggler who attempted to bring cocaine-stuffed peppers into Manchester Airport was jailed for seven years today.

Stanley Okpara, 42, Salford, was arrested on February 25 after Border Force officers found £13,000 worth of Class A drugs in a shipment collected by him.

The stuffed vegetables contained 200grams of cocaine and Okpara was sentenced at Bolton Crown Court.

Pete Avery, of Border Force, said: "Cocaine is an evil and addictive drug that ruins the lives of users, their families and the wider community.

"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.

"Anyone involved in smuggling illegal drugs can expect to be caught and to pay a heavy penalty, as the sentence handed out shows."

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