A Ghanean farmer has been jailed for 14 years for trying to smuggle cocaine through Hong Kong's airport. John Martin Yeboah, from Accra, Ghana's capital, pleaded guilty in the Court of First Instance to a single charge of trafficking in a dangerous drug after being caught with about 1kg of a powder containing 775.1g of cocaine as he passed through the airport last December 3. Yeboah and his two suitcases were selected for inspection by a customs officer as he approached the 'nothing to declare' channel that led to arrival hall B. An ion scan of his luggage returned a positive result for cocaine and a search revealed a brown bag filled with white powder hidden behind the lining of one of the cases. After being arrested, Yeboah was subjected to a video-recorded interview during which he told customs officers that he had been offered US$2,000 to successfully smuggle the cocaine to Guangzhou via Hong Kong. The street value of the cocaine seized was estimated by police to be about HK$899,566. He had been introduced to the scheme by a person known as Kingsley, who he had known for about three weeks. Kingsley had given him US$1,200 for his plane ticket and told him he would be met by someone in Guangzhou who would pay him for his work. The suitcase had been provided by Kingsley on December 1 with the cocaine already concealed inside. Yeboah, who is married with three children, told police he had accepted the job because he wanted to ease his family's financial hardship. He apologised and admitted his wrongdoing during his first interview. Mr Justice Peter Nguyen adopted a starting point of 21 years and reduced it by a third for Yeboah's guilty plea and remorse.