Ex-Marseille, Aris Star Sergio Contreras Arrested in Major Spanish Drug Raid

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistNovember 20, 2019

THESSALONIKI, GREECE - OCTOBER 25:  Sergio Contreras Pardo Koke of Aris Salonika during the Super League match between Aris Salonika and AEK Athens held on October 25, 2009 at the Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium, in Thessaloniki, Greece. (Photo by Sakis Mitrolidis/EuroFootball/Getty Images)
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Former Spanish striker Sergio Contreras Pardo was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of leading a drug ring in Spain, according to the Agence France-Presse

Spanish police launched simultaneous raids in Estepona, Malaga, Granada and Sevilla and made around 20 arrests.

In addition to almost a ton of hashish, authorities confiscated weapons and paperwork associated with the drug ring.

One source told the AFP that Contreras "was the head of the organization."

The 36-year-old, who also went by Koke during his playing career, came up through the ranks at Malaga in La Liga and made his debut during the 2002-03 season. He moved to Olympique Marseille in 2004 and appeared in 54 games for the French club.

Following a brief loan spell at Sporting in Portugal, Contreras signed with Greek side Aris, where he spent the bulk of his career. Across two stints, he made 175 appearances and scored 39 goals.

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