Ex-Saint star extradited to USA over £21m worth of cocaine

EPL By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 24/01/2020

Former Portsmouth and Southampton midfielder Jhon Viafara extradited back to United State America after being accused of smuggling two tonnes of cocaine worth £21 million from his native Colombia to America,

The 41-year-old who 34 caps for his national team and helped his club, Once Caldas, cause a major upset by winning the Copa Libertadores title in 2004 as was named the best player in the Americas in the same year.

Viafara was arrested last year in March after he suspected of being a member of a drug cartel that used speed boats and small planes to send two tonnes of cocaine into America valued at £21m and has been held in custody for 10 months.

The US Drug Enforcement Agency and local Colombian authorities and Viafara were arrested alongside four others and 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.

Viafara who moves to Portsmouth from South American club Once Caldas in 2005–2006 before spending another two years at Southampton after a £750,000 move to the south coast in 2006  and Spain's Real Sociedad after a spell with six other clubs in his home country before he retired in 2015.