Northern Ireland sprinter Reid charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine
Leon Reid, bronze medalist at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, along with five other men, were charged with drugs, gun possession and money laundering offenses.
Reid, 26, has been charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine. It allowed the use of premises for the production of crack cocaine, the concealment of criminal property and the acquisition of criminal property.
“Have items like six encrypted phones, a Glock 19 pistol, carbine conversion kit, a silencer, an expanded magazine, ammunition, eight kilos of cocaine, four kilos of crystal MDMA, 3,000 ecstasy pills, a hydraulic press, and 434,000 pounds of cash was seized during the investigation, “the regional organized crime unit in the Southwest said in a statement.
“The men were all arrested last year as part of Operation Venetic, the UK law enforcement agency’s response to the shutdown of the encrypted global communications service EncroChat.”
In a statement, Ireland Athletics said: “Athletics Ireland was informed today that Leon Reid, an Irish international athlete, has been charged with an offense outside the jurisdiction of Ireland.
“Athletics Ireland cannot make any further comments until all elements of the due process have been completed.”
The Northern Irish sprinter won bronze at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast with a time of 20.55 seconds, becoming the country’s first Commonwealth Games title medalist in 28 years.