A DRUG smuggler who tried to persuade customs officials that 1.5 kilograms of cannabis was Indian medicine was jailed for three years yesterday. Officers noticed Emmanuel Banda Maluchukwu started sweating profusely when they asked to search his luggage at Kai Tak airport. When they opened two briefcases they found 10 packets of herbal cannabis hidden behind false linings, the High Court heard. Maluchukwu, 27, who had flown in from Dubai, said it was Indian hemp - a medicine. Prosecutor Patty Lee said the defendant flew into Hong Kong with the drugs last December, hoping to find a Taiwanese buyer. He was paid around US$200 (HK$1,545) which was four times his monthly salary as a technician in Nigeria. Deputy Judge Burrell jailed Maluchukwu for three years after he admitted one count of trafficking in drugs.