'Elite cyclist' who became coke addict jailed for drug dealing
Published 21/01/2012 | 05:00
A FORMER "elite cyclist" and restaurateur who became addicted to cocaine and began dealing the drug has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.
Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Anthony Doyle (38) was a highly successful cyclist on the amateur circuit but began drinking and taking drugs when two years of extreme training left him burnt out.
He was arrested after selling cocaine with an estimated total street value of €11,620 to undercover gardai on three occasions in 2009.
When gardai searched his home in Milltown they discovered another €10,400 worth of cocaine and €22,500 in cash.
Doyle, of Milltown Hall, Mount Saint Annes, Milltown, Dublin, pleaded guilty to four counts of possession of drugs for sale or supply on various dates between October and December in 2009.
The court heard that Doyle had owned a restaurant in Rathmines that had employed a number of staff but had since closed down.
Doyle told Judge Martin Nolan that cycling had been his "entire world" and that when he stopped he lost contact with that circle and fell in with a "bad crowd".
Judge Nolan said Doyle had been a "good citizen" and a "hard working man" and accepted that he was unlikely to commit further criminal offences in the future. But he said Doyle had profited from "drug pushing", saying: "People should not benefit from crime."
He sentenced him to three-and-a-half years on two of the counts and 18 months on the remaining counts, describing the sentence as "a matter of punishment".