Alex Reid's mate committed suicide in prison after failed drugs operation

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Katie Price‘s estranged husband Alex Reid was arrested during a £2m drug smuggling investigation, it’s been revealed.

An aquaintance of the cage fighter ended up in jail and committted suicide but Alex was released without charge.

‘One of [Alex‘s] mates – a former Marine – went to prison,’ reveals an insider.

‘He later hanged himself in his cell, which hit Alex hard.’

A European arrest warrant was issued in 2006 after 62 kilos of cocaine was found in the hull of a yacht moored in the French port of Toulon.

It was suspected a gang were to travelling to the British Virgin Islands to buy the boat.

Alex explained in interviews that he wanted to open a boat business and knew nothing about drug-running.

Four Britons and three foreign criminals were sent to jail for the crime.

Alex, 35, is now separated from wife Katie, 32, who released a statement on Tuesday confirming their marriage break-up, blaming his love of the limelight for the split.

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