The Public Prosecution Service has demanded nine years in prison against professional football player Quincy Promes for involvement in the large-scale smuggling of cocaine through the port of Antwerp.
The 32-year-old former Ajax player was not present at the trial in the court in Amsterdam. He currently plays for Spartak Moscow. The Public Prosecution Service tried to get him to the Netherlands, but that was not successful. He is said to be in Dubai by now.
According to the Public Prosecution Service, 32-year-old Promes had a “directing role” in the smuggling of two shipments of cocaine that entered the port of Antwerp in 2020.
For 75,000 euros
The police received information in 2018 that the footballer had invested money in the cocaine trade. Investigation revealed that he was involved in the smuggling of two parties cocaine that was in five containers in the port of Antwerp. The footballer is said to have invested 75,000 euros in the drugs.
According to the Public Prosecution Service, Promes had contacts with major drug traffickers, including Piet W. Due to his absence, Promes could not answer the question of “how such a successful footballer allowed himself to be drawn so deeply into crime”, the public prosecutor said.
At the end of January 2020, a container ship entered the port of Antwerp via the Western Scheldt. The smugglers took a shipment of 650 kilos of cocaine off board and took it to a warehouse near the port. Customs intercepted another shipment, weighing more than 712 kilos, on the same ship. Both batches were hidden in bags of sea salt from Brazil.
The Public Prosecution Service has demanded eight years in prison against co-suspect Marylio V. (32) from Purmerend. V. is a distant relative of Promes and has been in custody since April last year. According to the Public Prosecution Service, he, like Promes, also had a crucial, directing and coordinating role in the smuggling. The evidence against the two suspects mainly consists of a large amount of intercepted crypto messages.
Last June, Promes became a Sentenced to 1.5 years in prison for stabbing his cousin at a family party. The court in Amsterdam ruled that he was guilty of serious assault. Promes has appealed against that judgment.
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