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Former soccer player sentenced to 11 years in prison for trafficking with Mexican cartels

Former Colombian footballer John Viafara, was sentenced to 135 months in prison, just over 11 years, for participating in drug trafficking with the Mexican cartels of Sinaloa and the Gulf, according to South American media such as Antena Dos and Olé.

Viafara who had a career of about 17 years, playing in Colombia, Spain and England, pleaded guilty in a court of Texas, for possessing more than five kilos of cocaine and the rest of the investigation was unleashed there.

“Viáfara participated in the logistical preparations for the shipment of large shipments of cocaine by plane or ship from Colombia to Mexico, through Central America, for their subsequent distribution within the United States,” it was reported in a statement from the Attorney General’s Office.

The main function of the soccer player was to coordinate the routes along the Pacific coast, pay the distributors and negotiate with the Sinaloa and Pacific posters.

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