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Dutch soccer player given prison sentence for owning cannabis farm

Friday, April 22, 2011

Gino Coutinho, goalkeeper of the Eredivisie club ADO Den Haag, has been given a 12-month prison sentence after being found guilty of owning a major cannabis farm.

ADO Den Haag goalkeeper Gino Coutinho has been found guilty of owning a cannabis factory
ADO Den Haag goalkeeper Gino Coutinho has been found guilty of owning a cannabis factory

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Police arrested Coutinho, a former Dutch U-21 international who played at the 2001 U-20 World Cup, in August 2009 after raiding a warehouse in Ens, a village in the Dutch province of Flevoland, that contained large amount of marijuana.

The 28-year-old denied his involvement despite being on the scene, with his partner, when officers raided and he continued to maintain that stance even after it was discovered to be registered in his name.

However, the case has now been finalized and the verdict has been given, as Coutinho and his girlfriend have been sentenced to one-year imprisonment.

Coutinho's father, William, has already been sentenced to two years imprisonment for large-scale hemp cultivation in March. Dopes and doping, it appears, run in the family.

John van den Brom, the Den Haag manager, has expressed his disappointment with Coutinho's behaviour and is now likely to pick his back-up keeper Robert Zwinkels for their remaining three games of the season.

There is, as yet, no word on whether Coutinho has officially been sacked by Den Haag or if he will be allowed to return to the club once he has completed his prison sentence.

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