Monitor and subject sprinter, Leon Reid, who sprinted for Britain earlier than switching to Eire, has been charged with conspiracy to produce cocaine, possession of firearms and money-laundering offences.
Reid, who ran 20.55sec on the Gold Coast to grow to be Northern Eire’s first Commonwealth Video games observe medal winner in 28 years, appeared final week in Bristol magistrates’ courtroom.
The 2018 Commonwealth Video games bronze medallist, who’s planning to run on the Tokyo Olympics, was amongst a bunch of 5 males charged with conspiracy to produce cocaine, allowing premises for use within the manufacturing of crack cocaine, concealing prison property, and buying prison property.
In an announcement the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit mentioned the investigation was centered on “the large-scale provide of medication, possession of firearms and ammunition, and cash laundering”, including: “An extra 18 folks have been arrested in reference to the case and are presently launched underneath investigation.
“Objects together with six encrypted telephones, a Glock 19 handgun, a carbine conversion equipment, a silencer, an prolonged journal, ammunition, eight kilos of cocaine, 4 kilos of crystal MDMA, 3,000 ecstasy tablets, a hydraulic press, and £434,000 money have been seized through the investigation.”
The lads had been arrested final yr as a part of Operation Venetic, “the UK law-enforcement response to the takedown of encrypted international communications service EncroChat”.
Reid didn’t enter a plea after being charged with ‘conspiracy to produce class A (cocaine), allowing premises for use within the manufacturing of sophistication A (crack cocaine), concealing prison property and buying prison property’.
Reid was launched on bail and is because of seem at Bristol Crown Court docket on Could 12.
The previous English faculties’ champion received 200m silver for Britain on the European Junior Championships in 2013 and once more on the European Below 23 Championships in 2015, however he switched to symbolize Eire on the 2018 European Championships.
He received 200m bronze for Northern Eire on the 2018 Commonwealth Video games – the primary athletics medal received by Northern Eire on the Video games for 28 years.