Drug courier hands over fraction of £170k profits

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A NIGERIAN drug courier who was estimated to have made £170,000 from crime was ordered to hand over less than £8000 in profits yesterday.

Cletus Okpala, 26, was caught ferrying high purity cocaine after the Scottish Crime and Drugs Enforcement Agency mounted an operation against “high level” members of an organised crime group.

Detectives received information that drugs were to be transported from Edinburgh to Glasgow and his Nissan Primera was tracked on the M8.

When he was stopped, Okpala had bags of cocaine pellets stuffed in his jacket and socks. One-and-a-half kilos of the drug was recovered but it was of such high purity that it could be cut and bulked out to provide 12 kilos with a potential street value of £482,000.

A search of his home in Wardieburn Place West, in Edinburgh, found mobile phones and sets of notations.

Okpala was jailed for 52 months earlier this year after admitting being concerned in the supply of the Class A drug.