The son of celebrity chef Rachel Allen, Joshua Allen, has been arrested after “failing a roadside drug test”.
The Irish Mail on Sunday has reported that Joshua, 20, was arrested on Wednesday evening in Midleton, Co. Cork, after “Gardaí administered a roadside drug test”.
Back in 2018 Joshua was convicted of possession of drugs with the intent to supply at the highly-acclaimed Ballymaloe Cookery School, ran by his mum Rachel.
“Gardaí stopped a vehicle in Ballinacurra, Co. Cork on Wednesday, August 12, 2020, at approximately 10pm,” a Garda rep told the publication.
“A roadside test was administered to the driver, a male in his 20s, which he failed. The male was arrested as a result, investigations ongoing.”
The paper added that Joshua was later released after further tests were conducted.
Joshua had been given a 15-month sentence back in February, having plead guilty to three drug offences, including possession cannabis with a street value of over €22,000 for sale or supply at the famous cookery school.
He pled guilty to a possession charge for a small amount of cocaine.
At the time, Joshua’s legal team said he had been to rehab and that he underwent treatment for addiction problems.
Joshua was given temporary release back in June, having served four-and-a-half months of his 15-month sentence.
In a statement last year, his mum Rachel and her husband Isaac said they were “devastated”.
“We are absolutely devastated at this turn of events,” they said at the time.
“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.”