Man Who Swallowed 800 Grams of Cocaine Sentenced On Federal Cocaine Distribution Charges
Orlando, FL- United States District Judge Gregory A. Presnell today sentenced Barratt Eni (54, Little Rock, Arkansas) to 24 months in federal prison for possession of more than 500 grams of cocaine with the intent to distribute it. Eni was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release at the conclusion of his prison term.
According to the facts presented in court, on July 9, 2011, federal agents contacted Eni at the Orlando International Airport (OIA). Eni was a scheduled passenger on a trans-Atlantic flight to London. He freely spoke with the agents and permitted a trained narcotics detection canine to inspect his person and his carry-on baggage. When the canine positively alerted to the presence of narcotics on Eni's person, agents conducted a pat-down search of Eni, but found nothing. When Eni consented to an x-ray of his person, a physician informed agents that Eni had numerous foreign bodies inside of his digestive tract. Eni then voluntarily admitted to swallowing approximately 50 pellets containing a narcotic before flying into the Orlando airport.
Eni, a naturalized citizen of the United States from Nigeria, stated that he was returning to Nigeria to attend his brother's funeral. He said that a man had offered to help pay for the funeral, but that Eni was supposed to transport drugs back to Nigeria for him in return.
Eni underwent emergency surgery to remove a total of 54 pellets from his digestive tract. It was subsequently determined that the substance in these pellets was cocaine hydrochloride with a net weight of 804.28 grams. The quantity of cocaine, the packaging and the method of concealment are consistent with cocaine distribution.
This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert E. Bodnar, Jr.