Former Ecuadorian football referee Byron Moreno arrested for drug smuggling
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Ecuadorian who officiated at the , has been arrested for suspected . Moreno was arrested at after he arrived on a flight from Ecuador., a former
During a routine check, security found 10 clear bags containing nearly 10 pounds of Brooklyn federal court it said that during the inspection Moreno "became visibly nervous." It also said "A customs agent felt hard objects on the defendant's stomach, back and both of his legs. A strip search revealed that the lumps were 10 clear plastic bags containing more than 10 pounds of heroin".. The drugs had been strapped to his body and concealed in his underwear. In a complaint filed in a
A judge jailed Moreno without bail on charges of drug smuggling.
Moreno is most well remembered after he refereed the World Cup second round match between Italy and host's South Korea. Moreno had disallowed a valid Italian goal and sent off Italian striker for apparent diving. He also failed to call any attention to any of the South Korean's foul play. Moreno resigned from refereeing in 2003.
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