Last Update on: September 15th, 2023 at 10:58 am
Former Australia spinner Stuart MacGill has been charged after allegedly taking part in the supply of a large commercial quantity of cocaine. As per reports from the Australian media, the deal was worth $330,000.
The former cricketer was reportedly arrested by police from the Robbery and Serious Crime Squad on Tuesday (September 12) and has been released on bail. According to a report in News Corp, Stuart MacGill has been granted strict conditional bail and will face Manly Local Court on October 26.
The police is set to allege MacGill facilitated a deal between two people where an agreement was reached for 1kg of cocaine to be sold for $330,000 in 2019. The arrest comes after an investigation into the troubled cricketer’s alleged kidnapping in April 2021 in Sydney.
He was allegedly taken from his home in Cremorne and driven to a property at Bringelly. As per reports, three men assaulted Stuart MacGill and threatened him with a firearm. Later, he was dumped out of a car. After the incident was reported to the police, six men were arrested over the alleged kidnapping.
“It was not something you’d even like to happen to your worst enemy,” Stuart MacGill had said last year.
“I didn’t know where we were, I didn’t know where we were going and I was scared. From that point, they stripped me naked, beat me up, threatened me and then just dumped me. That was over the course of maybe three hours out in the middle of nowhere in a little shed.
“I was scared, I was humiliated and I really didn’t know what was going to happen. Then they chucked me back in the car and dropped me in Belmore, and I didn’t really know where I was then either, to be honest,” he added.
Ex-Australia star facing serious charges:
Stuart MacGill was interviewed by police about the alleged cocaine deal in the past too but the authorities could not charge him due to lack of information. However, News Corp has reported that new information has come to light and it landed Stuart MacGill in troubled water. He is now facing serious charges. The charge carries a potential maximum penalty of life in jail.
Stuart MacGill plied his trade for Australia from 1998 to 2008. His career was famously overshadowed by the legendary Shane Warne. He represented Australia in 44 Tests and picked up a total of 208 wickets. The ex-Australia spinner also played three ODIs for his country.