Irish sprinter Leon Reid charged with drug offences in the UK

Irish sprinter Leon Reid is among five men to be charged with drug offences in the UK.

Olympic hopeful Reid appeared at Bristol Magistrates' Court last week charged with a number of offences.

The 26-year-old was charged with "conspiracy to supply class A (cocaine), permitting premises to be used in the production of class A (crack cocaine), concealing criminal property, and acquiring criminal property".


Reid, whose address is listed as Longmead Terrace in the UK city of Bath, was among five men arrested as part of Operation Venetic, the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit said.

This investigation centres on "the large scale supply of drugs, possession of firearms and ammunition, and money laundering", the unit said.

Operation Venetic is the UK law enforcement response to the take down of encrypted global communications service EncroChat.

Four of the five men appeared in court on March 31.

A fifth man failed to appear at the hearing, meaning a warrant is now out for his arrest.

A further 18 people have been arrested in connection with the case and are currently released under investigation, police said.

Reid has been released on bail and is due to appear at Bristol Crown Court on May 12.

Athletics Ireland

He has previously represented Britain in athletics but transferred to run for Ireland in 2018.

The 200-metre sprinter was expected to represent Ireland in this year's Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Athletics Ireland has declined to comment on the reports relating to Reid.

The organisation said in a statement: Athletics Ireland has been notified today that an Irish international athlete, Leon Reid has been charged with a criminal offence outside the jurisdiction of Ireland.

"Athletics Ireland cannot comment further until all elements of due process have been completed.