Suns players in drugs row safe for now

The Gold Coast Suns players named by Karmichael Hunt for allegedly taking illicit drugs will escape sanction for now.

The Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission said on Wednesday there were no immediate plans to charge more footballers following Hunt’s claims.

Hunt allegedly named several Gold Coast Suns players and a NRL star in a statement to criminal investigators before appearing in court on multiple cocaine supply and possession charges.

“While a range of information and allegations have been raised during the course of the investigation, the CCC does not have sufficient evidence to warrant further criminal charges against any player from the AFL, NRL or ARU,” the QCCC said in a statement.

“However, consistent with any law enforcement investigation, if new information comes to hand relevant to the CCC’s ongoing investigation, further charges may be considered.

Meanwhile pictures showing Suns player Harley Bennell with lines of speed have been splashed in media around the country.

AFL head of corporate affairs Elizabeth Lukin said the AFL were made aware of the pictures and had spoken to the club and player.

“The AFL is very mindful of the health and welfare of the player involved, and will work closely with the club to manage this issue.

“The AFL is working with the Players Association and the Clubs to make changes to strengthen the policy,” Lukin told Newscorp Australia.

In response to the photographs, Suns chief Andrew Travis said: “Our first priority is the genuine concern for the player involved. Other issues will be considered over the coming days.”

The photos supplied were reportedly taken in Launceston in March 2013.

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