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‘The Nigerian Chairman’ who hid cocaine worth more than £400,000 in children’s books and coffee machines jailed for more than seven years
An international drugs smuggler dubbed ‘The Chairman’, who used children’s books and coffee machines to hide at least £416,000 worth of drugs, has been jailed for more than seven years.
Kenneth Oranyendu, 42, from Clayton, was a key member of the transatlantic plot which saw more than 2.6kilos of drugs being sent to gangsters in Manchester, disguised as everyday items.
The high-purity cocaine was stashed in children’s books, a coffee machine and even a sprinkler system before being sent to the UK from California, Brazil and Nicaragua.
The gang also used a fake trophy in the shape of an aeroplane – complete with a commemorative plaque – to smuggle the drugs.
The smugglers were finally caught – three-and-a-half years after the ring was set up – when the powder was spotted hidden in photocopier cartridges.
Manchester Crown Court heard how 23 packages were sent to Manchester over a three-year period.
Of these, seven packages were intercepted, with a total estimated street value of around £416,000.
It means that the gang could have smuggled thousands of pounds more of cocaine into the UK.