UK Police probing football stars involved in cocaine ring

May 26th, 2008 - 7:55 pm ICT by admin  

London, May 26 (ANI): British police are reportedly investigating a massive cocaine ring involving a string of major Premier League footballers.
According to a News of the World report, at least one of these footballers has been quizzed for dealing in an illegal Class A drug as well as using it himself.
A major English cricket star is also being probed.
“We’re aware of an active drugs ring within the footballing fraternity. We already have some strong information that one Premiership footballer has been taking and distributing cocaine. Just because people have celebrity status and large wage packets does not make them untouchable,” the tabloid quoted a police source, as saying.
“There are many strands to this very complicated investigation. But we’re absolutely determined that no onenot the Mr Bigs or the small fryis going to slip through the net,” another source was quoted, as saying.
Over the last decade there has been a growing list of players linked to drugs, including big names like Mark Bosnich and England legend Paul Gascoigne. In 1994 former QPR and Crystal Palace star Mark Dennis alleged that football was riddled with drug-takers and admitted using cocaine throughout his career.
In the same year Arsenal’s Paul Merson admitted drink, cocaine and gambling addictions. He escaped punishment as he agreed to rehabilitation and was never caught out in any test.
And just three years ago ex-Chelsea star Adrian Mutu was named, shamed, sacked and banned after testing positive for the deadly drug.
None of these players is in any way linked to current police investigation.
The probe was sparked by information gleaned by officers who targeted a big-league villain linked to notorious drug baron Curtis Warren.
Shaven-headed thug Warren made a fortune, estimated at over PS100million, from his crimes and spent almost 11 years in a Dutch jail for trafficking dugs and killing a fellow inmate. He returned to Britain last June but his freedom lasted just 36 days.
Warren was arrested in Jersey and charged with conspiring to import 300,000 pounds worth of cannabis and is now awaiting trial. (ANI)

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