Man jailed for trying to smuggle cocaine stuffed in peppers

Stanley Okpara
The peppers were stuffed with bags of cocaine Photo: PA Images

A drug trafficker from Greater Manchester has been jailed for attempting to smuggle cocaine-stuffed peppers into the UK through Manchester Airport.

Sierra Leone national Stanley Okpara, 42, was arrested by Border Force officers when he attempted to collect the drugs which had arrived in a freight shipment from Nigeria on February 25.

The peppers - stashed in boxes - were found to contain 200g of the drug which when cut would have a street value of about £13,000, said the Home Office.

Stanley Okpara
Stanley Okpara has been jailed for seven years Credit: PA Images

Okpara, of Gertrude Close, Salford, was jailed for seven years at Bolton Crown Court after he was convicted of fraudulent evasion of prohibition by bringing a controlled drug into the country.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."