SHAH ALAM, March 27 (Bernama) — A potential drug trafficker from Nigeria who failed to fool and get past Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) Customs
authorities with 389.8gm of methamphetamine in his stomach was sentenced to 18 years’ imprisonment by the High Court here today.
Francis Ikenna Nwannochie, 27, was also ordered to be given 10 strokes of the cane by Justice Datuk Abdul Alim Abdullah after he pleaded guilty to an alternative charge of drug possession at the Customs inspection counter, KLIA arrival hall in Sepang near here between 11pm on Feb 29, 2012 and 6.55pm on March 2, 2012.
The judge, who ordered Nwannochie’s jail term to run effective from the date of arrest, said the latter was lucky to get away with an alternative charge and escape the death sentence, which he initially faced under Section 39B (1) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.
According to the facts of the case, Nwannochie was detained on Feb 29, 2012 when Customs authorities noticed him walking in a suspicious manner.
On March 1, 2012, he was brought to the Serdang Hospital where an X-ray showed the presence of a foreign lump inside his stomach. The lump was later found to consist of 54 capsules of methamphetamine.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Harris Ong Mohd Jeffery Ong appeared for the prosecution while counsel L.A.Gomes represented the Nigerian.