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Cocaine smuggler jailed after sting

PUBLISHED: 15:44 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 16:04 25 August 2010

THE boss of an international cocaine smuggling ring has been jailed for nine years after he was trapped by police posing as postmen.

THE boss of an international cocaine smuggling ring has been jailed for nine years after he was trapped by police posing as postmen.

Nigerian Ethelbert Nzeagwu, 42, appeared to be was a respectable IT engineer, but in reality he led a double life receiving and passing on £25,000 drug packages from South America at his Erith home.

The drugs were sent from Brazil to various European distribution centres including Frankfurt, Madrid and Coventry, before being posted as Parcel Force packages to Nzeagwu. He was caught when customs officers in Coventry intercepted a parcel addressed to a 'Paterson Alberta', at his address in Cooke Square. The dealer was arrested when he signed for the parcel, handed to him by an undercover officer dressed as a Parcel Force driver.. Jailing him last Thursday, Judge Richard Hawkins, QC, told Nzeagwu: "You were the recipient or intended recipient of some seven transactions relating to these drugs, and obviously the court must take a serious view of the conviction of such an offence.

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