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Cocaine use by players at the Gold Coast Suns was reportedly identified by police over two years ago, according to a report.
The Suns have attempted to distance themselves from the drug scandal engulfing Queensland sport surrounding former player Karmichael Hunt and NRL club Gold Coast Titans.
However, a report from The Courier Mail says the Suns came to the attention of the Australian Crime Commission in 2012.
The report says specific players were not named in the ACC’s findings, but it stated that some Suns players were using cocaine in their homes.
The alleged drug use is said to have occurred outside of the AFL season, however club officials were reportedly not informed.
A source told the newspaper that the names of the players were not released as they were only “bit players” in a larger drug syndicate being ran out of Sydney.
“Information obtained by the ACC suggests that illicit drug use by professional athletes remains an ongoing issue, with official statistics for illicit drug use within professional sports likely to significantly understate the extent of actual use,” an ACC report stated.
However, the ACC would not elaborate on those involved.
“The ACC has never publicly commented on the teams or individuals involved in Project Aperio.”
Former Suns player Karmichael Hunt is one of eight people – mostly athletes – identified by the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission (QCCC) investigation into the supply of cocaine into south-east Queensland.
The QCCC say more athletes could be charged in the coming days.