Oyibo who was born in Nigeria but a naturalised Irish citizen, was sentenced on June 9, after he pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine for sale or supply at Carrigaloe Cobh Co Cork, on October 19, 2015.
Detective Sergeant Eoin Buckley, told the 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, and the tests showed that the powder was cocaine and the Customs mounted an operation to allow a controlled delivery of the package to a house at Pearse Square in Cobh.
Oyibo who was at the address, signed and received the package and later gave it to another man and accompanied him and another man when they drove off with the package in a van.
The van was stopped at Carrigaloe and recovered the package which contained almost 6kg of cocaine hidden in between two layers of cardboard in a box containing clothes.
Buckley added 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.
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The judge, David Riordan 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 penalty, adding that since there were no aggravating factors in the case, he believed the appropriate sentence was seven years, but he would suspend the final two years of in the interest of rehabilitation.
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