[CBC뉴스] 터키 세관은 디에고 아르만도 마라도나의 초상화 속에 숨겨 들여오던 2.5kg의 코카인을 이스탄불 공항에서 압수했다고 지난 23일 밝혔다.
로이터에 따르며 크로아티아 출신 독일인인 72세의 마약 밀매업자는 시가 200만 터키 리라(약 25만 달러)의 코카인을 몰래 들여오려다 공항에서 체포됐다.
Turkish police seized 2.5 kilograms of cocaine at Istanbul airport nested in portraits of world soccer great Diego Armando Maradona who had struggled with cocaine addiction for years before passing away in late November, Turkey's Directorate of Customs said in a written statement on Wednesday (December 23).
It said a 72-year old drug trafficker, a German national of Croatian origin, was arrested at the airport after busting plates of cocaine with a street value of 2 million Turkish liras ($250,000).
One of the most gifted soccer players in history, Maradona's pinnacle of glory came when he captained Argentina to win the World Cup in 1986 before plunging to misery when he was kicked out the 1994 World Cup for doping.
Years of drug use, overeating and alcoholism truncated a stellar career and altered his appearance from the lithe athlete who could slalom effortlessly through teams to a bloated addict who nearly died of cocaine-induced heart failure in 2000.
The world soccer star died on November 25, less than a month after his 60th birthday.
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