Celebrity chef Rachel Allen's son jailed for 15 months on drug charges

Saturday Kitchen star Rachel Allen’s eldest son has been jailed for 15 months with another 15 months suspended on drug dealing and drug possession charges.

Joshua Allen, 19, pleaded guilty to possession for sale or supply of more than €22,000 (£18,770) worth of cannabis at the Ballymaloe Cookery School at Shanagarry, Co Cork in September 2018.

The teenager also pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of a small amount of cocaine.

He was sentenced today at Circuit Criminal Court in Cork.

Customs officers at Portlaoise Mail Centre became suspicious about a package that arrived from America, addressed to Allen.

He was arrested after he signed for and opened the package, following a controlled delivery.

Joshua is the eldest son of celebrity chef Rachel Allen, who is best known for her RTE series Rachel’s Favourite Food, her appearances on Saturday Kitchen and Market Kitchen and her successful cookbooks.

Following Joshua’s arrest in 2018, the 47-year-old chef said: ‘We are making a statement in response to, and hopefully to alleviate, the frenzy of enquiry and speculation on going in relation to our son Joshua.

‘He has been arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs (marijuana) with intent to supply them to others. He has admitted his guilt immediately and co-operated fully with the Gardaí.

‘A file has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions and when formally charged Joshua will be pleading guilty at the first opportunity.

‘We are absolutely devastated at this turn of events. Our son is eighteen years old, has never been in trouble with the Gardaí, and has made a huge mistake, which will have profound consequences for him.

‘We do not in any way condone his actions, in fact, we utterly condemn them, but it is not for us to condemn him. We must now try to look after our son and our family, the best way we can.

‘We would ask that the legal process would be allowed to proceed to deal with this matter, without interference, and that we would be allowed to deal with this, like any other parents, in a similar position.’

A spokesperson for the Gardaí (Irish police service) said at the time: ‘As part of a joint operation, Revenue Customs Officers have seized approximately €30,000 (thirty thousand euro) of suspected Herbal Cannabis and Gardai have arrested a man in the Shanagarry area of East Cork.

‘Gardaí from the Divisional Drugs Unit in Anglesea Street, the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and Revenues Customs Service from the South West Region, carried out a joint operation in the Shanagarry area of Co. Cork yesterday afternoon, 30th August 2018.

‘During the course of this operation, Revenue Customs officers seized approximately 1 ½ Kilograms of suspected Herbal Cannabis with an estimated street value of €30,000.’

Rachel and her husband Isaac are also parents to Scarlett and racing driver Lucca.

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