Three footballers have been arrested on suspicion of possessing cocaine in two separate incidents. Former Hibs striker Garry O’Conner was allegedly caught with the Class A drug in Edinburgh on Saturday night. He was arrested by police but was released without charge pending lab analysis of the powder.
A Police spokesperson said: “A 28-year-old man was detained and released pending further inquiries.”
24 hours later Hearts duo Ian Black and Robert Ogleby were arrested and charged, but later released for allegedly possessing cocaine also. The Hearts players were at the Lava & Ignite nightspot in the city, and staff are believed to have reported them to police.
A police spokesperson last night confirmed: “Two men, aged 26 and 19, have been cautioned and charged with possession.”
Cocaine is classed alongside the likes of Heorin and Ecstasy, and people in possession of Class A drugs can face up to 7 years in prison or an unlimited fine, or both.
If found guilty of possession of a Class A drug it is highly unlikely that all three will be handed jail sentences, instead a fine could be imposed on the trio. Jail sentences for possession are usually reserved for those with a history of drug convictions.