Gym instructor in coma for six days after taking laced cocaine at GAA club


A FITNESS instructor spent six days in a coma after taking cocaine laced with fentanyl.

Derek Foran (33) and two of his friends were rushed to hospital after they took cocaine during a function at a GAA club.

Gardai found the drug after they searched Foran’s clothing.

Judge Patricia McNamara ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to September.

The defendant, of Allenton Avenue, Tallaght, admitted possessing cocaine at Tallaght Hospital on August 13 last year.

A charge of possessing the drug for sale or supply was struck out.

Sgt Michael Ahern said gardai were called to the hospital when three men were taken there after they had collapsed at the social event.

Sgt Ahern said officers were told that the men had taken what they thought was cocaine.

The sergeant said gardai went to the hospital and found cocaine worth €110 in two bags of clothing that belonged to Foran.

Sgt Ahern said the drug was analysed and found to be cocaine mixed with fentanyl, a synthetic opiate that is highly toxic even in incredibly small doses.

He said the three men spent a number of weeks in hospital, and at one stage there were serious concerns for their lives.

Defence lawyer George Burns said Foran spent six days in a coma in the intensive care unit at Tallaght before recovering and being released from hospital.

Tallaght District Court heard that the defendant had a total of 25 previous convictions, some of them for drug-related matters.

Mr Burns said that if anything was going to be a wake-up call for his client, this incident was it.

Mr Burns said Foran was a qualified physical instructor and he had not touched drugs for nearly a year.

Ordering the preparation of a probation report, Judge McNamara said she wanted to know before sentencing if Foran had gained any insight into the serious nature of what had happened to him and if he understood the consequences of his actions.