Former Colombia national football team midfielder John Viafara has been sentenced in the United States to 11 years in prison for drug trafficking, the Associated Press reports.
The 42-year-old athlete was sentenced Wednesday in Sherman federal court in Texas.
It is known that early last year, Viafara was extradited to the United States. He later pleaded guilty to conspiracy to smuggle more than five kilograms of cocaine into the country.
According to the investigation, the former footballer was part of a criminal network that smuggled drugs from 2008 to 2018.
Viafara played for the Colombian national team from 2003 to 2010. As part of the national team, he played 43 matches and scored one goal. He also played for English Southampton, Spanish Real Sociedad and Colombian Onse Caldas. The midfielder ended his sports career in 2015.
Recall that on the eve of law enforcement officers also detained the former midfielder of the Italian football club “Inter” and the national team of Colombia Freddie Guarina. He is suspected of assaulting relatives.