He had what many dream of: money, success and he was world famous. But after Colombia’s ex-national player Jhon Viáfara (42) had ended his kicker career, he has apparently turned to a new “field of business”.
Drug smuggling! That’s why he’s now in jail for eleven years.
The ex-footballer, who once also played in the English Premier League (Southampton and Portsmouth), was sentenced to more than eleven years in prison in a court in the city of Sherman, Texas.
Initially there was talk of 2.5 tons that he is said to have smuggled into the USA. Now he’s been convicted of five kilos.
Viafara pleaded guilty in November 2019. In January 2020, Interpol officials extradited him to the United States.
Prosecutors accused Viafara of collaborating with the Cal del Golfo drug cartel to organize cocaine transports from Colombia by speedboat to Mexico to the United States. Viafara is said to have been observed by the US authorities for three years.
Prosecutor Nicholas Ganjei now said in court: “Drug smugglers should be careful no matter who they are or where they live. The US will punish them if they try to import drugs. “