Former Netherlands international Quincy Promes, 31, is going on trial on drug trafficking charges in his homeland. The Spartak Moscow forward was allegedly involved in smuggling over 1000kg of cocaine.
The charges relate to two shipments, each of well over 600kg, which were intercepted at a Belgian port, believed to be en route to the Netherlands. The alleged operations took place in January 2020, while he was playing for Ajax.
According to local newspaper ‘Het Parool’, Promes is accused of drug trafficking and involvement in organised crime. A preliminary hearing will take place on Monday.
Not his first brush with the law
It is worth remembering that this is not the first time that Promes has faced serious allegations. In March, the Dutch prosecution service reopened an investigation into the footballer relating to an alleged serious assault on his cousin at a family party in July 2020.
Promes allegedly violently stabbed his cousin in the knee, leaving him with wounds that mean he still has mobility issues. The 50-times-capped former Netherlands international was originally charged with attempted manslaughter in 2021.
The player has always denied these charges in public, but the police are believed to have intercepted a phone call in which he admits to the stabbing.