David McDermott, the British in-law of the former governor of the Bank of Ghana, has been slapped with a 13 year jail sentence in the UK following a drug case he was involved in.
McDermott initially failed in a bid to avoid extradition and was hauled back to Britain, where he was yesterday jailed by the Liverpool Crown Court presided over by Judge Alan Conrad, QC.
Justice Conrad in his ruling said: “This case arises of a plan to import a massive quantity of cocaine of high purity from South America. “It was a plan that very nearly succeeded. The value was enormous and the impact would have been enormous had the drugs reached the streets,” the Liverpool Echo reports.
McDermott was arrested earlier this year in Accra in connection with a smuggling plot to import 400kg of cocaine worth £71 million into the UK.
He had evaded UK authorities for three years, settled in Ghana and married Ramona Wampah, the step-daughter of the former Bank of Ghana's governor, Dr Kofi Wampah.