Bulgarian Olympic Weightlifting Champion Busted with Cocaine in Brazil

Crime | October 26, 2011, Wednesday // 19:10|  views

Bulgarian weightlifter Boevski has been arrested with cocaine in Brazil. Photo by monitor.bg

Legendary Bulgarian weightlifter Galabin Boevski has been arrested with a 2 kg cocaine shipment at an airport in Brazil.

Boevski, who won gold in the 69 kg category at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, was busted at the Guarulhos Airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the bTV channel reported Wednesday night.

The arrest of the Bulgarian weightlifter has been confirmed by the Federal Police in Brasilia, Brazil's capital.

Boevski was detained when he was on his way back to Bulgaria with his daughter Sara, who took part in an international tennis tournament.

He was found to be carrying the drugs by the airport authorities, and was arrested. His daughter was allowed to fly back to Bulgaria.

The Sofia City Prosecutor's Office, which has jurisdiction with cases of Bulgarians abroad, has told bTV it had no information about the case. Boevksi's family has been reached for comments.

Boevski's arrest is not the first scandal his name is involved in. His professional sporting career practically ended in 2003 when he was punished for 8 years by the World Weightlifting Federation for doping use.

In 2008, Boevski's family made headlines when his son Paul hurt himself with his own gun in a school yard.

Boevski's greatest weightlifting success was in 2000 when he won the Olympic title at the Sydney Olympics. He is married, and has one son, and two daughters.

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Tags: narcotics, drug trafficking, Cocaine, Sao Paulo, Brazil, weightlifter, weightlifting, Galabin Boevski, Guarulhos Airport


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