Searches of his two suitcases revealed they contained a huge quantity of drugs – 31kg of cocaine, 5kg of heroin and 2kg of methamphetamine. In total the haul had a street value of over £4m (N1bn).
When UK Border Agency investigators searched a flat he rented in Regent’s Plaza, Kilburn, they unearthed another 23 suitcases, many of which tested positive for traces of drugs.
They also found evidence that he had done the same journey to Amsterdam on many previous occasions, travelling under the guise of a businessman who supplied heavy machinery to the oil business in Nigeria.
As well as the abandoned suitcases UK Border Agency investigators also found scales, a money counting machine, further packages of drugs and around £2,000 (N500,000) cash.
Analysis of his mobile phone showed he had regular contacts with associates in Amsterdam. Some of the texts he sent read like shopping lists of illegal drugs and prices.
Adegboyega Adeniji used a room in hotels or rented apartment to do his drug deals. Text messages were found inviting others to the hotel, and these matched his pattern of travel to Amsterdam. Many of the names in the texts matched names found on the packages of drugs he was found with at Heathrow.
Checks on his bank records showed unidentified cash deposits of almost £1m (N250m) had gone into his account.
Since Adeniji’s arrests assets of between £500,000 (N125m) and £1m (N250m) have been frozen by UK Border Agency investigators. They will now be the subject of Proceeds of Crime Act confiscation proceedings.Adegboyega Adeniji admitted importation charges, but denied conspiring to import class A drugs. A jury at Isleworth Crown Court unanimously found him guilty. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison the same day.