Footballer released from US jail after admitting drug charges
A former national team footballer has been released from prison in New York after being sentenced to “time served” in relation to his plot to distribute a tonne of cannabis and more than 50 kilos of cocaine.
The cannabis alone had a street value of more than $3 million in the US at the time, or $11 million in Bermuda. The cocaine was also worth millions.
Dennis Zuill, who also played for the Bermuda Hogges and Dandy Town, was arrested in the Atlanta, Georgia area on September 21, 2009. He was held on remand in prison until June 1 this year when he pleaded guilty to one charge of conspiring to distribute cannabis and two charges of conspiring to distribute cocaine.
He was sentenced by a judge in New York earlier this month to ‘time served’, and was released from jail on October 11. He was granted ‘supervised release’ for three years and also ordered to forfeit $15,000 to the court. Asked if he would have to remain in the United States, his lawyer, Alan Nelson replied: “He’s a wonderful human being and hopefully he will be returning to Bermuda shortly.”
Mr Nelson declined to comment further.
According to court documents, Zuill, formerly of Cedar Avenue, Pembroke, was involved in the drug plot as far back as 2006.
It involved 1000 kilograms of cannabis and 55 kilos of cocaine and centred on the Southern District of New York.
At one stage he purchased around 20 pounds of cannabis from a co-conspirator in the Bronx, New York.
At another stage, he participated in a telephone call arranging, in a coded conversation, to pay for cocaine.
The court documents do not specify how the plot was uncovered or the circumstances leading to Zuill’s arrest.
Speaking after news emerged of the sentence yesterday, a former football coach of Zuill, who did not wish to be named, said: “He was a fine athlete to coach, and was no problem, but I don’t know anything about him off the pitch.”
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