A former Olympic swimmer who won silver and bronze medals for Australia at the 1996 Games in Atlanta, was accused Tuesday of drug trafficking after police seized methamphetamines valued at $1.6 million, according to reports.
Scott Miller, 45, was arrested at his waterfront home in the Sydney suburb of Rozelle after authorities found methylamphetamine hidden in eight candles in January, a police statement said.
Police said Miller’s arrest is a major coup in dismantling a criminal syndicate that would have unleashed “death and misery” across New South Wales, news.com.au reported.
Video of the arrest shows a shirtless Miller, his face blurred, wearing nothing but a pair of jeans as he sits in a chair around a table inside a sparsely furnished room.
Another man, Wayne Allan Johnson, 47, was detained in connection with the case at a home in the affluent Sydney suburb of Balmain, according to the news outlet.
Police Detective Superintendent John Watson alleged that Miller was the leader of a criminal syndicate.
“Others, it will be alleged, are working under his instruction,” Watson said.
The two suspects were allegedly distributing drugs from Sydney that were bound for regional New South Wales state.
“This was not a small operation,” Watson said. “They were well-organized and well financed.”
Miller was charged with two counts of supplying a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug, dealing with the proceeds of crime and directing a criminal group, news.com.au reported.
His attorney, Hugh Salter, told the court that his client would not be applying for bail and asked for the case to be tabled for eight weeks, according to the outlet.
Johnson also was charged with supplying a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug and taking part in a criminal group.
It is believed the eight candles — each concealing 500 gram of the drug known as “ice” — 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 molded inside the glass in each candle,” Watson said.
Miller won a silver medal in the 100-meter butterfly in Atlanta. He also was a member of the Australian 4 x 100-meter medley relay team in Atlanta that won a bronze.
He also won a world championship gold medal in the 100-meter butterfly at Rio de Janeiro in 1995.
With Post wires