Everton’s proposed owner was nicked over trafficking drugs as mugshot resurfaces

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    Everton fans have been left stunned after finding out about their potential new majority owner’s drugs past.

    The Toffees’ current billionaire owner Farhad Moshiri is in advanced talks to sell the club to 777 Partners LLC.

    The Miami-based group have been in talks for months over a deal to invest in the Merseyside club and are now understood to be frontrunners after MSP Sports Capital pulled out last month.

    But eagle-eyed Everton supporters have unsurfaced an old mugshot of their prospective owner from the time he was arrested for trafficking cocaine.

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    The picture in question dates back to 2004, showing the businessman with his full name – Joshua Craig Wander – and the charges against him.

    Reports claim Wander, at the time a University of Florida student, was arrested in Gainesville, North Central Florida, in 2003 on felony charges of attempting to traffic cocaine.

    Aged 21, Wander was caught trying to deliver 31 grams of cocaine in a controlled package through the mail.

    The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and a US Postal Service inspection conducted a search warrant, after which they found the substance which tested positive for cocaine.

    The arrest report stated Wander, who founded 777 Partners in 2015, acknowledged the package was his. Brazilian outlet O Globo reported he was released shortly after on bond, having claimed the cocaine was for himself and a friend, before facing a lengthy parole.

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    While his 31 grams via post were not necessarily Pablo Escobar numbers of drug involvement, some fans on social media have raised concerns over whether it is the right move for the already struggling club to be associated with Wander.

    One Twitter user wrote: “Premier League fit and proper owner? How will that get past?” While another Toffees supporter tweeted: “I hope this f***er stays well clear of Everton.”

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