PAUL Gascoigne’s manager has been charged with drug dealing after a major police operation.
Shane Whitfield, 34, was one of six accused of conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs.
He is also charged with conspiracy to produce cannabis.
England legend Gascoigne, 52, jokingly snogged his closest aide after a court hearing in January.
There is no suggestion Whitfield, of Oadby, Leics, has supplied drugs to Gascoigne.
But fears grew for the frail-looking 52-year-old ex-player in May when he was caught on video begging a fan for the Class A drug.
Alcoholic Gazza later posted messages from a Jacuzzi, telling well-wishers: “I love you all from the bottom of my heart. I am well and safe.”
A source told The Sun on Sunday: “The police went undercover for two years as part of the investigation into a major drugs ring.
“Whitfield is not only Gazza’s manager, but they’re also mates.
“They’re regularly seen out together at a local working men’s club, and Gazza’s currently living at a property owned by Whitfield.
“It’s a shock to hear about the charges.”
A Leicestershire Police spokesman said: “Six further people have been charged after a three-day operation to target the misuse of controlled substances.
“Over three days, officers from the force’s tactical support unit and neighborhood policing area have been carrying out an enforcement operation across Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, and Lincolnshire.”
Stimulants: Stimulants are used to activate or stimulate the nervous system. It helps a person reach a stage of charged energy; hence it is commonly used by sportspersons. Some stimulants are caffeine, cocaine, steroids, etc.
Depressants: They have the opposite effects to stimulants, depressants slowdown and deactivate the nervous system. The person feels sleepy, dull, inactive and the like. It reduces the stress and anxiety; some type of depressants is valium, alcohol, tranquilizers.
Hallucinogens: These kinds of drugs produce hallucinations that are perceived or see things which do not exist. Some types of hallucinogens are LSD, marijuana leaves, marijuana seeds, and hash.
I often wonder why any one use drugs would. What are the reasons behind taking them? It is off late that I heard about many young people being caught taking drugs and was arrested for the same. Here are some reasons why people may use drugs.
The highest population of drug users is among the youth of today. Initial curiosity and experimentation is one cause to drug intake; the youth today wants to try new things, have new thrills and want to experiment with different things. By chance, they try drugs and get fixed with the feeling of euphoria. Once addicted, there is no turning back for them. Another reason is peer pressure. Everyone wants to be liked, admired and given a lot of attention. If a boy or a girl is got into the company of others who use and abuse drugs, they feel compelled to use drugs so that they are accepted and thought of as “cool”. They don’t want to lose friends, nor do they want others to think of them as a looser or rejects, so they circum under the pressure of peers.