An ex-Australia Olympic swimmer has been arrested and charged with running a drug trafficking syndicate, police said.
Scott Miller, 45, and an accomplice were arrested in police raids in Sydney suburbs on Tuesday
They were charged with the alleged supply of £1.12million worth of methamphetamine, also known as ‘ice’, concealed inside candles.
Police also seized a kilo of heroin, other drugs and cash in the raids.
Miller won a silver medal in the 100m butterfly at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, and bronze in Australia’s 4x100m medley squad.
A police spokesman described Miller as the head of a ‘criminal syndicate’ that sold ice across New South Wales.
A New South Wales Police statement said: “Earlier this year, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Drug and Firearms Squad, with assistance from the NSW Crime Commission, commenced investigations into criminal syndicate involved in the supply of prohibited drugs – mainly methamphetamine (ice) – across NSW.
“Following extensive inquiries, investigators assisted by South West Metropolitan Region Enforcement Squad, Public Order Riot Squad and Operation ODIN, executed three search warrants at a business at Bankstown, unit at Rozelle and home at Balmain from 6am today (Tuesday 16 February 2021).
“Officers located and seized approximately one kilogram of heroin with a street value of $250,000 (£140k), over $75,000 (£42k) cash, mobile phones, documents, encrypted electronic devices and smaller amounts of prohibited drugs, all which have been taken for further forensic examination.
“A white Toyota Camry, which police will allege was used by the syndicate to transport prohibited drugs, was also seized.”
Both men were denied bail and investigations are continuing with further charges expected.