Yesterday afternoon, former Ecuadorian soccer referee Byron Moreno arrived to the country, after serving 26 months in a U.S. prison for carrying 6.2 kilos of heroin strapped to his body.
Moreno arrived, along with another 56 Ecuadoreans, in a flight chartered specifically for deportees from the North Country. According to press reports, he left the premises trough an emergency exit to avoid the cameras and the press in general, but wasn’t escorted by police.
20/09/2010: Former referee Byron Moreno, was arrested at the airport John F. Kennedy with 6.2 kilos of heroin stuck to his body.
24/09/2010: Guayaquil Airport published five security videos when Moreno was getting prepared before his trip to the U.S. In the footage you can see how Moreno refuses to cooperate with the security searches.
13/01/2011: In a court of Manhattan (New York-USA), Byron Moreno pleaded guilty. The former referee admitted having taken the drug attached to his body from Ecuador. The seized drugs were valued at about $ 700,000.
23/09/2011: A federal court in Brooklyn, sentenced Moreno to two and a half years in prison for heroin trafficking. Before listening to the verdict, the Ecuadorian referee apologized to his family. The sentence was reduced to 26 months for good behavior.