The public prosecutor's office reported on Tuesday that Dutch international striker Quincy Promes, who is currently in court in the Netherlands for killing a relative, has been accused with bringing cocaine into the country.
The public prosecutor's office told AFP that the 31-year-old Spartak Moscow footballer is suspected, together with another 31-year-old Dutchman, of smuggling “several hundred kilos” of cocaine in January 2020, particularly via the port of Antwerp in Belgium.
Reuters contacted Promes' attorney for comment, but he did not respond right away, and his office phone on Tuesday after hours went unanswered.
His attorney reportedly told the Dutch daily Het Parool that he will discuss the matter in a pro forma hearing set on Monday, which news agency ANP said Promes is not anticipated to attend.
According to local media, the preliminary hearing will take place on June 5.
Due to his club's contractual duties, the footballer will not be present, according to Dutch news agency ANP. On Saturday, the Russian Premier League season comes to a close.
After a family reunion in Abcoude, close to Amsterdam, in July 2020, Promes got into a brawl and stabbed a cousin in the knee. The Dutch Public Prosecutor's Office asked for a two-year jail term for him for aggravated assault in March.
Promes was first accused of trying to kill the victim, but after speaking with witnesses, the public prosecutor came to the conclusion that there was insufficient evidence to prove this.
The incident occurred when the Amsterdam-born Dutch international was on the field for Ajax.
Early in 2021, he returned to Spartak Moscow, where he had previously spent four seasons from 2014 to 2018. Additionally, he has had time with Sevilla and Twente.
Promes has earned 50 appearances for his country, with his most recent coming as a substitute when the Netherlands were defeated by the Czech Republic in the round of 16 at Euro 2020. Since then, he has not been chosen.