The Arik Air hostess, Chinwendu Uwakaonyenma Ogbonnaya, who was arrested by the United Kingdom security agents on December 18, 2011 for smuggling hard drugs, has been sentenced to five and half years imprisonment by the U.K judiciary.
Ogbonnaya, 29, who was caught with a quarter of a million pounds worth of cocaine but pleaded guilty to the charge, had flown from Lagos, Nigeria into London's Heathrow airport as a member of crew on the Nigerian flag carrier flight.
After serving her jail term in London, Ogbonnaya would be deported back to Nigeria.
An air stewardess who was caught trying to smuggle cocaine into the UK has been jailed for five and a half years.
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Chinwendu Uwakaonyenma Ogbonnaya, 29, from Lagos in Nigeria had flown into London's Heathrow airport as a member of crew on an Arik Air flight from Lagos on 18 December 2011.
During searches by UK Border Agency officers at the airport's crew clearance facility, searches of her luggage revealed that she was carrying a rucksack with a false back.
Officers discovered packages of cocaine hidden behind the false back.
Forensic tests later showed the packages contained approximately 2kg of high purity cocaine, which if cut and sold on the UK streets would have had an estimated value of £250,000.
Ogbonnaya claimed that she had been given the bag by a friend and that she was unaware it contained drugs. She later pleaded guilty to attempting to import a class A drug, and a judge at Isleworth Crown court in west London on Thursday 2 February 2012 sentenced her to five and a half years in prison.