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Ex-Actual Madrid participant Edwin Congo arrested as cops smash gang smuggling cocaine soaked in cardboard fruit bins

Ex-Real Madrid player Edwin Congo arrested as cops smash gang smuggling cocaine soaked in cardboard fruit boxes


A FORMER Actual Madrid footballer is amongst 18 folks arrested when Spanish cops smashed an alleged cocaine smuggling ring.

Colombian striker Edwin Congo, 43, was quizzed by detectives probing an ingenious operation to visitors medication “throughout Europe” from South America layered in cardboard fruit bins.

Former Actual Madrid footballer Edwin Congo was arrested by cops investigating a cocaine smuggling ring
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Kingpins allegedly smuggled drugs to Europe impregnated in the cardboard of boxes of pineapples from Colombia
Kingpins allegedly smuggled medication to Europe impregnated within the cardboard of bins of pineapples from Colombia
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Congo was signed by Madrid boss John Toshack for £4.three million in 1999 earlier than the Welshman was sacked for the second time.

And bizarrely he by no means performed an official recreation for the Spanish giants – though he hit the headlines in 2017 by scoring in a pleasant for Actual Madrid legends in opposition to Liverpool at Anfield.

Particulars his arrest emerged after the seizure of ton of cocaine which had been impregnated within the layers of bins carrying limes and pineapples.

Footage launched by Spanish police at the moment confirmed the extraordinary lengths the traffickers went to.
Drug barons flew corrupt chemists to Holland to extract the cocaine from the cardboard, cops stated.

As soon as extracted, the drug was shipped throughout Europe, investigators say.

And the Colombian kingpins allegedly sought assist from Spanish cartel Los Castanitas to make sure the logistical success of their operation.

Francisco Tejon, an alleged chief of Los Castanas nicknamed Isco just like the Actual Madrid midfielder, made headlines in 2018 by starring in a YouTube music video surrounded by scantily-clad girls whereas he was on the run.

Edwin Congo has appeared on a Spanish TV sports show since retiring from La Liga
Edwin Congo has appeared on a Spanish TV sports activities present since retiring from La Liga
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Congo denies wrongdoing and has not been charged with any crime
Congo denies wrongdoing and has not been charged with any crime
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Details of his arrest emerged after cops seized a ton of cocaine in Bulgaria
Particulars of his arrest in Spain emerged after cops seized a ton of cocaine in Bulgaria
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Spain’s Nationwide Police stated at the moment: “The organisation that has been smashed had its operational base in Spain and allegedly used a classy system to cover the medication which concerned impregnating the cocaine between the superimposed layers of paper through the elaboration of the cardboard bins.

“The cocaine was subsequently extracted by way of complicated chemical processes.

“Every field contained small portions of the drug, lower than 100 grams, which have been despatched from Colombia to Europe in transport containers with pineapples and limes.”

Chemical merchandise wanted to extract the drug from the cardboard have been seized in a police operation in Holland.

‘THE SURGEON’ LINK

The ton of pure cocaine was seized in Bulgarian capital Sofia after undercover cops tracked it from Greece.

Spanish cops added: “The investigation started round a 12 months in the past when police detected the unlawful actions of a person nicknamed ‘The Surgeon’ or ‘Little Physician’, who had been arrested a number of years in the past for medication trafficking and was well-known to officers.

“This individual, a physician whose sufferers included a well-known footballer, used his clinic amongst different functions for negotiations with different folks linked to the probe.”

9 of the 18 arrests happened in Span, 4 in Bulgaria, three in Holland and two in Colombia.

Edwin Congo, who has appeared on Spanish TV sports activities present El Chiringuito since retiring, has been launched by police and is protesting his innocence.

He has not been charged with any crime however has been warned he faces extra questioning at a later date.

He stated on the TV present: “It’s not a snug scenario for me however I’m dwelling and really calm.

“I’ve been requested a critical of questions and the police confirmed me images of individuals.

“They’ve informed me I’ve to keep away from folks which can be no good for me, that I needed to be extra acutely aware of issues and do issues in another way.”


He added: “I’ve bought nothing to do with cocaine or cocaine trafficking, nothing in any respect.

“I’ve achieved enterprise with emeralds with one of many folks within the images, that’s all.”

Congo was loaned to Spanish sides Valladolid and Vitoria and likewise had a mortgage spell with French facet Toulouse in his three years on the books at Actual Madrid

He represented Colombia 17 instances and performed on the 1999 and 2004 Copa America tournaments.

Edwin Congo scores for Colombia during the 2004 Copa America tournament
Edwin Congo scores for Colombia through the 2004 Copa America event
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He also netted for Real Madrid Legends v Liverpool Legends in 2017
He additionally netted for Actual Madrid Legends v Liverpool Legends in 2017
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One of the alleged cartel members is arrested in Colombia
One of many alleged cartel members is arrested in Colombia
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Cops say cocaine was smuggled in boxes of pineapples
Cops say cocaine was smuggled in bins of pineapples
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Boxes of limes in a lorry seized by investigators
Bins of limes in a lorry seized by investigators
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Police say the cocaine was hidden between layers of paper used to make the packing boxes
Police say the cocaine was hidden between layers of paper used to make the packing bins
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Chemists extracted the cocaine from the cardbaord at an illicit lab in Holland
Chemists extracted the cocaine from the cardbaord at a bootleg lab in Holland
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