Former Australian cricket star Stuart MacGill has been arrested and charged in connection with a significant cocaine supply operation, following an investigation that originated from an alleged abduction and assault incident in 2021.
The 52-year-old, known for his remarkable career with 44 Test matches for Australia, was taken into custody by the police in Sydney on Tuesday. MacGill, a former spinner, has denied any involvement in drug supply but is yet to enter a formal plea.
The investigation into MacGill’s alleged drug-related activities began after he reported being abducted and assaulted in April 2021 in the Sydney suburb of Cremorne. He claimed that he was forced into a car, taken to a remote location, assaulted, threatened at gunpoint, and later released at a different site. Although he sustained minor injuries, medical attention was not required.
At the time, MacGill asserted his innocence, and the police considered him solely as a victim. Six individuals, including his former partner’s brother, were subsequently charged in connection with the alleged abduction.
However, after a two-year inquiry, MacGill now faces charges related to his involvement in the supply of a significant quantity of cocaine, reportedly valued at over $300,000. He has been granted bail and is scheduled to appear in court on October 26, 2023.
Stuart MacGill, once ranked as the world’s second-best bowler after his teammate Shane Warne, represented the Australian national cricket team as a spinner from 1998 to 2008.