May 11, 2021

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Leon Reid, who plans to appear at the Olympics, appears in court charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine


Sprinter Leon Reid, who plans to appear at the Tokyo Olympics for Ireland, is appearing in court for conspiring to supply cocaine and authorizing the use of his premises in the production of crack.

  • Leon Reid hopes to sprint for Ireland at Tokyo Olympics this summer
  • However, he has now appeared in Bristol Magistrates’ Court on drug charges
  • The runner was released on bail and was indicted among five men

Leon Reid, who sprinted for Britain before settling in Ireland, has been charged with conspiring to supply cocaine and allowing his premises to be used in the production of crack.

It emerged the 26-year-old appeared in Bristol Magistrates’ Court on March 31 following an investigation by the South West Regional Organized Crime Unit.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist, who plans to appear at the Tokyo Olympics, was among a group of five men accused of drugs, guns and money laundering.

Leon Reid, an Irish track sprinter, has been charged with drug offenses and released on bail

26-year-old sprinter hopes to compete in Tokyo Olympics this summer

26-year-old sprinter hopes to compete in Tokyo Olympics this summer

Reid did not plead after being charged with ‘Conspiracy to Supply Class A (Cocaine), Permitting the Use of Premises in the Production of Class A (Crack), Concealment of Criminal Property and Acquisition of criminal property ”.

Reid has been released on bail and is due to appear at Bristol Crown Court on May 12. Its representatives did not respond to Sportsmail’s request for comment.

The Bath-based sprinter, a former English Schools champion, won silver in the 200m for Great Britain at the European Junior Championships in 2013 and again at the European Under-23 Championships in 2015, but he changed to represent Ireland at the 2018 European Championships.

Reid raced for GB before moving on to Ireland, winning bronze at the 2018 Commonwealths

Reid raced for GB before moving on to Ireland, winning bronze at the 2018 Commonwealths

He won bronze in the 200m for Northern Ireland at the 2018 Commonwealth Games – the first track and field medal Northern Ireland has won at the Games in 28 years.

A statement from the southwestern ROCU said 18 other people had been arrested in connection with the case.

Items seized during the investigation included six encrypted phones, a Glock 19 handgun, a rifle conversion kit, a silencer, an extended magazine, ammunition, eight kilograms of cocaine, four kilograms of MDMA crystal, 3000 ecstasy tablets, a hydraulic press and £ 434,000 cash.

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