Pele’s son’s in jail on drug trafficking charges in Brazil
SAO PAULO (AP) A son of Brazilian soccer legend Pele has returned to jail to serve a sentence of more than 12 years on drug trafficking and money laundering charges.
A Brazilian court Friday ordered Edson Cholbi do Nascimento returned to jail after turning down his appeal.
He is a former goalkeeper with Pele’s old club Santos and was first arrested in 2005, though he remained free pending the outcome of his appeals.
In 2014 a court convicted him to 33 years in prison. That sentence was later reduced to 12 years, 10 months.
In late February he turned himself in to complete his sentence and in early March a court ordered his release and allowed him to remain free while fighting the sentence.
He has denied any wrongdoing.