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Cocaine was hidden in paintings
Cocaine hidden in painting
The drug was hidden in a number of paintings
Two Nigerian men have been jailed for a total of 12 years after admitting importing 500g (1.1lb) of cocaine into the UK hidden in the back of paintings.

Stanley Chimezie, 23, of Hawes Street, Carlisle and Francis Obasi, 29, from Abbeyford, London, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court on Thursday.

The pair were arrested in July 2007, as part of a Cumbria Police operation.

Chimezie was jailed for five years and three months, while Obasi was sentenced to six years and nine months.

The court was told they attempted to import the cocaine, with a street value estimated at 39,000, from Guyana in South America, by hiding the class A drug in the back of a number of paintings.

But officers intercepted them as they were delivered to an address in Chatsworth Square, Carlisle.

Det Ch Insp Paul Duhig said after the hearing on Thursday: "Today marks the culmination of a thorough investigation by Cumbria Police.

"It illustrates how serious and organised crime will not be tolerated and how those responsible will be actively targeted and brought to justice."



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