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Quincy Promes arrested in Dubai

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Former Dutch international Quincy Promes has been arrested in Dubai for a "local offense," two weeks after being convicted of cocaine trafficking in the Netherlands, the Amsterdam public prosecutor's office confirmed on Friday, confirming press reports.

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Former Dutch international Quincy Promes has been arrested in Dubai for a "local offense," two weeks after being convicted of cocaine trafficking in the Netherlands, the Amsterdam public prosecutor's office confirmed on Friday, confirming press reports.

The forward, who plays for Spartak Moscow, was sentenced on February 14 to six years in prison by a Dutch court for smuggling over a tonne of cocaine into the Netherlands.

Fearing arrest by Dutch police, the international player, who has 50 caps for the Oranje, did not attend the trial in the Netherlands to hear his sentence and had not been extradited by Russia until now.

According to Dutch public broadcaster NOS, citing Russian media, Promes was arrested at Dubai airport for fleeing the scene of a road accident.

The footballer was in Dubai for a training camp with his club. While the rest of his team returned to Russia on Thursday, Promes was arrested and taken to the police station, NOS reported.

Promes was convicted of playing a "crucial role" in importing 1,363 kilograms of cocaine from Brazil in 2020, via the Belgian port of Antwerp to the Netherlands, with the help of an accomplice.

The player, who has also played for Ajax Amsterdam, was also sentenced to 18 months in prison in another case, for stabbing a cousin over a stolen necklace in 2020.

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