High-Stakes Poker Player Busted For Drug Possession at Ibiza Airport


After flying in on a private plane from Las Vegas to Ibiza, a 33-year old professional poker player has been detained after local authorities discovered over ten different types of drugs in a suitcase, according to Periódico de Ibiza.

An article on Poker-Red mentions that the person detained is Italian/American high-stakes poker player Salman Behbehani. Authorities have not confirmed whether Behbehani is the person in question.

The poker player was arrested by the Guardia Civil and currently sits in custody, without the possibility of bail as reported by Periódico de Ibiza.

Possessing Over Ten Different Types of Drugs

The bust happened last Friday at 03:00 when the private plane landed in Ibiza. After local authorities discovered the narcotics in a suitcase through a scanner, the player in question was detained.

Upon opening the suitcase, the authorities discovered over 1.5 kilos of narcotic substances such as Tubici, also known as pink cocaine or ‘Elite Drug’ due to its high price tag, cocaine, hash, and various other drugs.

According to the report, the contents of the suitcase were:

In addition, the police seized a total of 6,220 euros, 1,785 dollars, 485 pounds, 100 Kuwaiti dinars, and 101,200 Thai bhat.

Behbehani Allegedly in Custody

If Behbehani is the culprit, as Poker-Red claims, it would be a shocking turn of events for the successful high-stakes pro. A well-known figure in the poker world with multiple six-figure cashes to his name, Behbehani sports over $3.3M in lifetime winnings according to The Hendon Mob, including second-and third-place finishes at World Series of Poker bracelet events.

Behbehani is also a familiar sight at the highest stakes, including a deep run in the 2016 WCOOP $102,000 Super High Roller where he finished in third place for $560,000.

PokerNews will keep monitoring the situation as it develops.

Photo credit: Periódico de Ibiza





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