Rangers' player Mark Clarke on cocaine and 'magic mushroom' charges
An Irish League footballer has been charged with possessing cocaine and magic mushrooms, a naturally occurring hallucinogenc fungus.
Carrick Rangers player Mark Clarke had his case mentioned at Antrim Magistrates Court yesterday.
The 27-year-old, of Springfield Road in Belfast, faces six charges including possessing class A cocaine and another class A substance, psilocybin mushrooms, commonly referred to as magic mushrooms.
The offences are alleged to have been committed on November 3, 2015.
Mr Clarke is also charged with possessing class B herbal cannabis on the same date.
He faces three more charges of fraudulently importing cocaine, psilocybin and herbal cannabis on the same date.
Mr Clarke was present in the court building for his first appearance in connection with the charges but was not in the actual courtroom when the case was mentioned.
His defence solicitor asked for the case to be adjourned to take instructions.
No details surrounding the alleged offences were outlined to the court. The solicitor, however, applied for legal aid for Mr Clarke, saying that he earned £220 a week.
District Judge Allan White said he would consider the matter of whether legal aid was appropriate when he received proof of the accused's income.
Mr Clarke formerly played for Belfast clubs Cliftonville and Glentoran.
At the time of the alleged offences he was on the books of Warrenpoint Town.
After the alleged offences in November last year he was still playing for the Co Down club.
He signed for Carrick Rangers this season.