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Pele's son Edson returns to jail on drug trafficking, money laundering charges

Pele and son Edinho
Pele's son, Edson Cholbi do Nascimento was ordered back to jail by a Brazilian court on Friday.

SAO PAULO -- The son of Brazil legend Pele has returned to jail to serve a sentence of more than 12 years on drug trafficking and money laundering charges.

A Brazilian court Friday ordered Edson Cholbi do Nascimento returned to jail after turning down his appeal.

He is a former goalkeeper with Pele's old club Santos and was first arrested in 2005, though he remained free pending the outcome of his appeals.

In 2014 a court convicted him to 33 years in prison. That sentence was later reduced to 12 years, 10 months.

In late February he turned himself in to complete his sentence and in early March a court ordered his release and allowed him to remain free while fighting the sentence.

He has denied any wrongdoing.

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