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“Koke puede ir otra vez a prisión por tráfico de drogas”
Translated from Spanish
> The former Malaga player faces a 16-year prison sentence for allegedly leading a criminal organization dedicated to buying large quantities of drugs that were then distributed throughout Europe. He was already imprisoned in 2020 for this cause.
Complete article translation :-
> Former Málaga C.F. player Sergio Contreras, Koke, faces a 16-year prison sentence for allegedly leading a criminal organization dedicated to buying large quantities of drugs that were then transported in trucks to European countries.
> The trial is scheduled to take place next Monday at the Provincial Court of Malaga and 17 other people will sit next to the ex-player, including his partner and a brother of the footballer, as reported to EFE by judicial sources.
> The prosecutor maintains in his indictment, to which EFE has had access, that Koke allegedly led the organization, and was the person who assumed the direction of the operations and gave the necessary instructions of what quantities of drugs to buy, at what price, where to take them and what type of vehicle should be rented for the transfer of the same.
> The drugs they normally bought were marijuana, which was then vacuum-packed and delivered to foreign transporters to be transported in trucks from different European countries.
> Thanks to the investigation with telephone tapping, surveillance, police tracking and geolocation mechanisms installed in the vehicles under investigation, the police were able to identify the different members of the network and determine the role played by each of them.
> The Public Prosecutor’s Office points out that in addition to Koke there is another defendant who also held a relevant position within the organization as he was allegedly in charge of providing financial support for important economic amounts through the hawala method, a millenary financial system of informal money transfers that is difficult to trace.
> Both Koke and the other defendant who allegedly held a relevant position each face a sentence of 16 years and a fine of 150,000 euros.
> The remaining defendants, depending on the degree of involvement, are charged with a crime against public health or possession of weapons and face sentences ranging from four years and six months to one year in prison.
> Koke’s former partner is accused of being in charge of the custody and delivery of the money coming from the illicit activity and allegedly was in charge of the payment and collection of the money from the suppliers and was an intermediary in the drug trafficking operations.
> Koke’s brother was allegedly in charge of transporting the drugs and packaging them.
> Thanks to the wiretaps, it was possible to detect how Koke and other members of the organization acquired different drug consignments, including one of marijuana that was hidden in a shipment of garlic.
> Koke was in prison for one year and eight months for this case and was released on bail after paying a bail of 15,000 euros in July 2021.
> The operation, which took place in Malaga, Seville and Granada, involved 150 civil guards and eleven simultaneous searches.
> His arrest took place in 2019 within the operation “Vinculada” and, according to the prosecutor, the organization had a high economic capacity and logistical structure that allowed it to obtain large quantities of drugs and to have homes where to vacuum pack and prepare their subsequent transport.
> During the months that the investigation lasted, they formalized numerous vehicle rental contracts with different companies in the sector.
> In addition to Málaga C.F., Koke also played for other teams such as Olympique Marseille in France, Sporting Lisbon in Portugal, Aris Thessaloniki in Greece, Houston Dynamo in the United States and Blooming in the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz.