Former Premier League star Jhon Viafara arrested for ‘smuggling four tonnes of cocaine into US

Southampton fans will remember Viafara fondly...

Former Premier League star Jhon Viafara arrested for ‘smuggling four tonnes of cocaine into US.Image Getty

Ex-Premier League midfielder Jhon Viafara could be facing a lengthy stint behind bars after being arrested in Colombia for allegedly smuggling four tonnes of cocaine into the United States.

A former Southampton favourite, it wasn’t uncommon to hear the Colombian midfielder’s name being sung around St Mary’s back in the day, often to the tune of the Black Lace classic “Do The Conga”.

He first came to England with Portsmouth during Alain Perrin’s ill-fated spell in charge, playing 12 Premier League games before moving to Real Sociedad on loan.

He eventually settled on the south coast with Southampton, playing 76 league games and scoring four goals, including a memorable brace against Derby in the Championship play-off semi-finals.

Viafara returned to Colombia in 2009 with Once Caldas, eventually hanging his boots up six years later.

Things have changed a lot for the midfielder since then though, with Viafara now suspected of being a member of a major drug cartel.

The Colombian was this week detained in Cali after a joint operation by local authorities and the American Drug Enforcement Administration.

According to local media reports Viafara sent narcotics to the USA using speed boats and semi-submersibles with the help of the Cal del Golfo, who happen to be one of the most powerful cartels in Colombia.

The packages were moved from the southern Pacific coast of Colombia into Central America and then onto US soil.

Viafara was one of four arrested this week and things could be about to get a lot worse for him.

The US is appealing for the five suspects to be extradited as they are wanted for drug trafficking between 2008 and 2018 by the State of Texas District Court.

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