José Luis Perez Caminero admitted this morning that he was part of a plot to the launder capital from drug trafficking and after reaching an agreement with the prosecution he has accepted four months in prison suspended and a fine of 17,237 euros.
The Madrilenian pleaded guilty to the charges of having participated in the laundering of money from drug trafficking in a brief trial in which he did not even make an attempt to defend himself against the accusation.
Initially, the prosecutor had requested for a sentence of four years for the offense but has modified the sentence and has lowered it by three years and eight months due to the undue delay of the case, given that the offence was occurred almost 10 years ago, Caminero’s lawyer has also agreed with the Public Prosecutor to suspend the prison sentence for the player and former Spanish international but he must pay a daily fine of 10 euros for eight months, that is, 2,400 euros.
He was also handed a fine of 17,237 euros in compensation, and the seizure of any profits he made from the offence. Caminero, who is currently sports director of Málaga CF, has been tried along with 14 other people in the Provincial Court of Madrid. He was arrested in 2009 along with 30 other people in an operation that dismantled three organized and connected groups that were allegedly engaged in drug trafficking. The agents seized a total of 1,854,550 euros.
Caminero made his debut in the First Division in 1989 with Real Valladolid. In 1993, he signed for Atlético, where he played his best football and in 95-96 he was an integral part of the Atlético team that went on to win the league championship and the Copa del Rey. In 1998 he returned to Real Valladolid where he went on to play six more seasons. Caminero was installed as the team’s Sporting Director. He left the position citing personal reasons after 2007-08. In May 2011, he returned to Atlético in the same capacity he left the summer to take over a similar position at Malaga.