Australia Jails Nigerian Man Again for Drug Crime

Australia Jails Nigerian Man Again for Drug Crime

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A Nigerian man who was detained for drug smuggling engaged in more drug trafficking with the remaining in Australia.

44-year-old Dirichukwu Patrick Nweke who has a wife with a newborn baby had a failure of several legal battles to stay in Australia following his initial drug smuggling activities. While in the detention center, Nweke decided to facilitate a drug syndicate with the hope of making life better for his wife, child and other family members, according to court reports.

Looking to Drugs as the way out

With a partner and a child struggling to survive as well as hanging legal battle to remain in Australia, Nweke saw unlawful activities as ways of solving his problems – presentence report reads.

Last month, Nweke was given 15 years and nine months jail term by a judge for being part of a conspiracy to bring a commercial quantity of drugs into Australia. This jail term comes only eight years after he finished an initial jail term for the role he played in importing 1.9kg of cocaine from New Zealand.

In the year 2000, Nweke came into Australia at the age of 26 with the hope of getting a better life. Unfortunately, within five years of his arrival in the country, he had partaken in the illicit drug business.

Speaking to the court in 2007, Nweke said he was ashamed of himself for failing his children and sister who was battling cancer in Nigeria.

Following his release from prison, he tried to fit in back into the country by taking training to become fitness instructor, had a new partner as well as playing active roles in his church and community but in a little while the federal government canceled his visa again and threw him in detention centre despite an initial overturning of deportation bid.

He was facing legal battles to remain in Australia while his new family was struggling to survive hence in desperation he resulted to what started his troubles, present report says.

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