A 46-year-old Nigerian man who accepted a
delivery of €42,000 worth of cocaine hidden in
a box of clothing to a house in Co Cork, Ireland
was jailed for five years on June 9, after he
admitted the drug offence.
Oyibo Chukwuma, who was born in Nigeria but
is a naturalised Irish citizen, pleaded guilty to
possession of cocaine for sale or supply at
Carrigaloe Cobh Co Cork, on October 19th last
Det Sgt Eoin Buckley told Cork Circuit Criminal
Court that Customs Officers received
information about a package being delivered
by a post and carried out tests on a white
powder in the package.
The tests showed the powder to be cocaine
and Customs together with the Garda
mounted an operation to allow a controlled
delivery of the package to a house at Pearse
Square in Cobh.
Chukuama was at the address and signed for
the package. He later gave it to another man
and accompanied him and another man when
they drove off with the package in a van.
Gardaí stopped the van at Carrigaloe and
recovered the package which contained almost
6kg of cocaine hidden in between two layers
of cardboard in a box containing clothes.
Det Sgt Buckley said that while Chukwuma
made no admissions, he was “not unco-
operative”. And although he returned to
Nigeria for a period, he surrendered himself
upon his return to Ireland.
Donal O’Sullivan, defending, said Chukwuma,
who lived at Richmond Road, Fairview in
Dublin, had few relatives here so had few
visitors since he was remanded in custody
He said this made prison life more difficult for
Chukwuma. And he also noted that his guilty
plea had save the State the expense and
difficulty of a trial with no guarantee of
Mr O’Sullivan also said Chukwuma had no
previous convictions and that was to his credit.
He asked Judge David Riordan to treat him as
leniently as possible.
The judge noted that section 15A of the
Misuse of Drugs Act carries a 10-year
mandatory sentence, but he had discretion in
exceptional circumstances to reduce the
He said there were no aggravating factors in
the case and he believed the appropriate
sentence was seven years, but he would
suspend the final two years of in the interest
Source: The Irish Times