A retired AFL star accused of trafficking $230,000 worth of drugs should be bailed so he can address his escalating addiction, his lawyer says.
Sam Fisher, 39, applied for bail in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday after he was last month charged under a joint investigation between West Australian and Victorian detectives.
Police allege Fisher organised for a parcel containing one kilogram of methylamphetamine and 84 grams of cocaine to be sent from Melbourne to Perth.
The drugs, allegedly concealed inside a rangehood, were seized by WA Police on April 20 this year.
Fisher was allegedly captured on CCTV purchasing the rangehood and dropping the parcel at a cafe in Melbourne's southeast on the morning of April 20.
A courier then collected the package and brought it to the airport, police say.
WA detectives also intercepted a second parcel on April 20 that had $129,000 inside and was bound for Melbourne.
Perth man Julien Morvan was arrested and charged on April 21 in relation to the seizure.
Police searched his phone and allegedly found messages between Morvan and Fisher relating to the drugs contained in the intercepted package.
Officers arrested Fisher on May 18 and searched his Sandringham home, seizing more than 13 grams of methylamphetamine and close to two litres of 1,4-Butanediol.
Police also found $985 in cash, a human growth hormone kit and three mobile phones.
Fisher, a past All-Australian and two-time St Kilda best and fairest, admits having a drug addiction but denies the trafficking allegations, his lawyer Dermot Dann QC said.
The 39-year-old started using 30ml of GHB a day after his relationship broke down and he became increasingly isolated during the pandemic, Mr Dann told the magistrate.
It was in the best interest of the community that Fisher underwent a residential rehabilitation program to address his drug addiction, Mr Dann said.
The 39-year-old, who had no prior convictions, also still had the support of the AFL Players Association and his family, his lawyer noted.
But the prosecution's case against Fisher was strong and the charges were serious so Fisher should not be bailed, prosecutor Daniel White said.
Magistrate Bernard FitzGerald adjourned his decision on bail to next week and Fisher was remanded in custody.
Australian Associated Press
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