Wednesday 18 October 2017

Football trainer had €70,000 of cocaine

Conor Gallagher

A VOLUNTEER trainer and assistant manager with Shamrock Rovers Football Club will be sentenced later this month for possession of almost €70,000 of cocaine.

Wayne Deans (30) of Swiftbrook Drive, Tallaght, was caught with the drug on his kitchen table. He said he was cutting and packing it for someone else in return for a small amount of cocaine. His wife was in the house at the time and his children were playing outside.

He pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of just under a kilogram of cocaine at his home on February 12, 2009.

Distribution

Judge Katherine Delahunt adjourned sentencing until later this month, commenting that Deans was "way up the ladder" as he was "actively involved with the distribution of drugs".

The court heard that Deans was heavily involved with several football clubs, including Shamrock Rovers FC with whom he works as a volunteer trainer and assistant manager.

Garda Liam Brennan told the court that he got a search warrant for Deans' house after receiving a confidential tip-off. When gardai called to the house they found the front door open and went inside.

Deans and his wife were inside and the drug was on the kitchen table in powder and rock form. Gardai also found plastic bags and weighing scales.

Deans said he was cutting and bagging the cocaine in return for drugs for his own use. He said he was a cocaine addict who took half an ounce a week and also sold small amounts to his friends.

Irish Independent

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