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7 Apr, 2019 12:10

Cocaine haul emblazoned with ‘CR7’ logo washes up on Romanian coast

Cocaine haul emblazoned with ‘CR7’ logo washes up on Romanian coast

A huge haul of cocaine has washed up on the Romania coast bearing the ‘CR7’ moniker used by football star Cristiano Ronaldo, as dealers attempt to cash in on the allure of the iconic Portuguese striker to sell their product.

Romanian police collected 131kg of drugs in Cap Aurora on the Black Sea coast on Friday and Saturday, reportedly from a drug-smuggling boat that capsized in the region at the end of March.

Images of some of the stash reveal it carries the ‘CR7’ branding used by Juventus and Portugal ace Ronaldo, in an apparent attempt by dealers to play on the star’s huge popularity.

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Photos of bags of the white powder shared by the police and circulated by local media show a blue bag stuffed with a high-grade brand of the drug, with packages bearing ‘CR7’ in green and red inside.

The allusion to Ronaldo has been made by drug dealers before. In December, French police seized a cocaine and cannabis stash packed in bags bearing the image of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

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In the current case, Romanian police have warned locals not to open the packages should they come across them, noting that they contain drugs of “90 percent purity” which could be life-threatening.    

There is, of course, no suggestion that Ronaldo is in any way connected to the dealers seeking to profit by peddling his image.