An international footballer and his partner were arrested after being caught with an obscene amount of cocaine in their luggage on arrival in France. The player in question is J ean-Manuel Nedra, who plays for the Aiglon du Lamentin club of Martinique. The 29-year-old has been a mainstay in Martinican football and was considered to be “one of the best football players of his generation”.
Jean-Manuel Nedra and his partner were arrested at the Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport with more than 100 kg of cocaine hidden in suitcases. The arrest was confirmed on Thursday by the Bobigny prosecutor's office. The couple was put in front of an investigating judge on Wednesday, as per the prosecutor's statement. After the procedures, Jean-Manuel Nedra was placed in pre-trial detention and his companion was released under judicial supervision.
Nedra’s club Aiglon du Lamentin released a statement to the press addressing the issue and talking about how they are aware of the arrest and will make sure their players are educated and aware of the problems surrounding the issue.
The statement said, "Without knowing his degree of involvement, we learned that one of our players was arrested at Roissy for drug smuggling. Let us be stronger and united than ever to continue our work of education through sport, to fight against this scourge, to protect and alert our young people to the risks, consequences and abuses of this environment.”
Jean-Manuel Nedra made his debut for Martinique in 2012 and has played for clubs like US Marinoise, Club Colonial and Golden Lion. The midfielder also featured at the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, starting against Panama and in a win against Nicaragua.