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Nigerian postgraduate student found with drugs worth N3.6b to be jailed in Australia (Photo)

An Australian court will sentence a Nigerian post-graduate student, Jackson Igwebuike on October 25, after he was found guilty of importing methamphetamine worth $10million to Canberra.

The drug, worth N3.6b was imported by Igwebuike to Canberra in ornate golden fish statues in 2015 (October), but security intercepted the drugs and substituted the ice before he collected the parcel.

The drug could have had “calamitous consequences” if sold, federal prosecutors told the court.

Lawyers for the 34 year-old Nigerian, a graduate of University of Benin, agreed he acted as “more than just a mere courier” when he accepted delivery of about 8.47 grams of pure ice before he attempted to board a Murrays bus to Sydney with the drugs in his bag.

An ACT Supreme Court jury found him guilty of importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug in August.

Igwebuike was caught in a police sting after Australian Border Force officers intercepted packages destined for Canberra in October 2015.

His trial heard the drugs were discovered when three 20 kilogram statues that arrived in a shipping crate from China were X-rayed by officers at Port Botany on October 8.