Wed, 17 Feb, 2021

Olympian Scott Miller arrested in major drug bust

Olympian Scott Miller arrested in major drug bust

Police claim the arrest of Olympic swimmer Scott Miller is a major coup in dismantling a criminal syndicate they say was intent on causing "death and misery" across regional NSW through the alleged supply of methylamphetamine.

Police arrested two men on Tuesday, including the 45-year-old, following an investigation into the ongoing supply of over $2 million, or at least 4kg, worth of ice.

Police also seized another 2kg of what they believe is a prohibited drug that is undergoing testing, bringing the estimated street value up to $3 million.

Mr Miller was arrested at his waterfront home in Rozelle while another man, Wayne Allan Johnson, was detained at home in Balmain.

Police have now charged Mr Miller with two counts of supplying a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug, dealing with the proceeds of crime and directing a criminal group.

He spent the day being questioned at the police station.

His lawyer Hugh Salter told the court his client would not be applying for bail and asked for the matter to be put off for eight weeks.

Mr Miller’s co-accused, Mr Johnson, was also charged on Tuesday afternoon with supplying a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug and taking part in a criminal group.

They are both expected to face court on April 13.

Police will allege the pair concealed 4kg of the drug known as "ice" inside candles.

It is believed eight candles, each with 500g of ice hidden inside them, were intercepted in a vehicle on its way to Albury in regional NSW.

“The ice (inside the candles) is of very high purity ... it was moulded inside the glass in each candle,” Drugs and Firearms Squad commander John Watson said.