No new cocaine charges says QCCC

The ongoing investigation into a cocaine trafficking syndicate in Queensland’s south-east is unlikely to snare any further professional sporting identities at this stage.

Queensland’s Crime and Corruption Commission (QCCC) has released a statement in the wake of media reports claiming code-hopping footballer Karmichael Hunt had named several of his former Gold Coast AFL teammates as cocaine users.

Hunt is believed to have named the Gold Coast Suns players as part of a statement given to police following his conviction for cocaine possession in March.

The QCCC says despite the reports, it doesn’t have enough evidence to warrant any further charges against players from the AFL, NRL or rugby union.

“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,” the statement read.

Hunt was fined $2500 after pleading guilty to four charges of cocaine possession at Southport Magistrates Court earlier this year.

The former rugby league international was also fined $30,000 and suspended for six weeks by Super Rugby franchise the Queensland Reds following the decision.

Several current and former members of the Gold Coast Titans NRL club have also been caught up in the saga.

The players, including State of Origin stars Greg Bird and Dave Taylor, have all pleaded not guilty to possession and supply charges.

Their matters have been adjourned until July 6.

Alleged kingpin John Touma and former NRL players Jason Smith and Matt Seers are also fighting charges in the courts.

In light of last weekend’s reports, the Suns launched an internal investigation to determine if any other of their players had been using cocaine.

The QCCC says as part of that investigation the Suns had contacted them and requested any information which would help them.

“The CCC appreciates that the Gold Coast Suns are progressing their own internal processes but given that there are related matters before the courts, the CCC has advised the Suns today that it is unable to assist with any request for operational information,” the statement read.

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