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Ex footballer Anthony Stokes arrested in Dublin

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Ex footballer Anthony Stokes arrested in Dublin

Ex-Arsenal star Anthony Stokes ‘charged after almost £4,000 of suspected cocaine was recovered from car following police chase’

  • Gardai stopped a car on Dublin’s southside in the early hours of Friday morning
  • The officer chased and arrested the two men who abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot
  • Former professional footballer Anthony Stokes has been charged by Gardai
  • He is due to appear in Dublin District Court at a later date following his arrest

A former international footballer has been charged after being arrested by Gardai in Dublin following a brief car chase with an estimated £4,000 worth of cocaine in the glove box.

Anthony Stokes, 34, who played two minutes in a league cup match for Arsenal was jailed in Dublin after he tried to run with a passenger from a drug-laden car.

Gardai followed Stokes and his passenger through Dublin’s southside before the pair abandoned the car and tried to flee on foot.

Former international footballer Anthony Stokes, pictured, was arrested by detectives in Dublin after officers stopped a car he was driving in what was described as an 'intelligence led operation'

Former international footballer Anthony Stokes, pictured, was arrested by detectives in Dublin after officers stopped a car he was driving in what was described as an ‘intelligence led operation’

Stokes, 34, pictured, was arrested on suspicion of drugs and driving offenses after a car he was said to be driving was stopped in south Dublin in the early hours of Friday morning.

Stokes, 34, pictured, was arrested on suspicion of drugs and driving offenses after a car he was said to be driving was stopped in south Dublin in the early hours of Friday morning.

The former Republic of Ireland striker, who failed to score in nine appearances for his country, was arrested moments later and questioned by detectives.

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The car was targeted in what gardai described as ‘an intelligence led operation’.

A Garda spokesman told MailOnline: ‘Gardai arrested two men (aged in their 30s) in the early hours of Friday morning in connection with incidents of dangerous driving in Dublin 12.

A quantity of drugs was also recovered from the vehicle.

‘The two men were detained at Crumlin Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 and charged in connection therewith.

‘They have been bailed and are due to appear in court at a later date.’

A file is sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Stokes spent most of his professional career in Scotland, playing for Celtic and Hamilton. He also had short spells with a number of lower profile teams, including Sunderland.