Ex-boxing champ detained in Panama; cocaine suspected

ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 11, 2016 09:27 AM
Ex-boxing champ detained in Panama; cocaine suspected
FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2008 file photo, Panama's Celestino Caballero, left, exchange punches with Elvis Mejia of Colombia, during WBA Super Bantamweight title champion boxing match in Panama City. Caballero, a former world boxing champion, was arrested Thursday, March 10, 2016, on suspicion of cocaine possession, Panamanian police said. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco, File)

JUAN ZAMORANO, Associated Press

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Police in Panama say former boxing champion Celestino Caballero has been arrested with what authorities suspect is about 10 kilograms of cocaine.

National Police director Omar Pinzon says the 39-year-old retired boxer was detained in a car Thursday on his way to his native province of Colon, 100 kilometers (60 miles) north of Panama City.

An official with the prosecutors' office says police found 10 packets in the vehicle, each with about a kilogram of suspected cocaine. The official was not authorized to talk to the press and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Anti-drug authorities planned to test the substance.

Caballero rose from poverty to hold the IBF and WBA super bantamweight titles. He retired in 2014 with a record of 37 victories and six defeats.

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