Ex-Premier League player arrested on drug charges

Former Premier League midfielder Jhon Viafara has been arrested for drug charges in Colombia after a warrant was issued by prosecutors in the United States.

Colombia's chief prosecutor's office said it is believed Viafara was part of a criminal network tied to the nation's feared Gulf cartel, which for a decade moved large shipments of cocaine on fast boats and semi-submersible through the Pacific Ocean to Central America and onto the US.

Viafara, who played for Portsmouth and Southampton between 2005-08, was arrested along with four other people near the southern city of Cali after being involved in a car accident.

The 40-year-old Viafara also won 38 caps for Colombia played for Real Sociedad before retiring in 2015.

Colombia's booming cocaine trade has sometimes lured soccer stars who in retirement struggle to maintain the lifestyle they grew accustomed to in their prime playing days.

A month ago, former national team defender Diego Leon Osorio was convicted for distributing narcotics.

Source AAP