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Ex-Colombia star Viafara extradited to U.S. on drug trafficking charge

Jhon Viafara was arrested in his native Colombia back in March.

Former Real Sociedad midfielder Jhon Viafara is to be extradited to the United States to face charges of drug trafficking.

Colombia's justice minister, Margarita Cabello, signed a decree on Friday that will see the ex-Colombia star handed over to the U.S. authorities.

On Sept. 27, Colombia's Supreme Court (CSJ) approved the extradition of Viafara, who was part of the country's 2004 and 2007 Copa America squads.

Viafara was arrested in his native Colombia on a U.S. drug warrant back in March in an operation carried out by the local police with the help of the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) agents.

The 40-year-old faces charges of attempts to "make and distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine with the intention, knowledge and having reasonable cause to believe that the cocaine will be imported illegally to the United States."

Viafara played in Colombian league teams, as well as Portsmouth, Southampton and Spanish outfit Real Sociedad before retiring in 2015.

He is not the only former player to face drug charges as earlier this year, former Colombia international Diego Leon Osorio was convicted for distributing narcotics.

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