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Rovers coach had €70k of drugs in his kitchen

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

Wayne Deans (30) of Swiftbrook Drive, Tallaght, was caught with the drugs 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 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.

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

Garda Liam Brennan told prosecuting counsel Martina Baxter, 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 drugs were on the kitchen table in powder and rock form. Gardai also found plastic bags and weighing scales. Deans was arrested and made immediate admissions.

He said he was cutting and bagging the cocaine in return for drugs for his own use. He said he be asked to do it about once every two months and would get several ounces in return. Deans told gardai that a man had dropped the drugs off earlier that day and was due to collect them again within a few hours.

He said he was a cocaine addict who took half an ounce a week and also sold small amounts to his friends.

Defence counsel, Garrett Baker, said his client owes €20,000 to the drug dealers because of the seizure and had lost his job as a painter and decorator.