Troubled AFL star admits he’s a drug addict but denies trafficking $230,000 worth of cocaine and methamphetamine stashed in a Harvey Norman hood
- Sam Fisher allegedly smuggled $230,000 worth of drugs from Victoria to Perth
- The former Saints star pleaded not guilty to eight drug-related charges on Monday
- Fisher was arrested on May 18 as part of a larger drug trafficking investigation
- Police seized more than 13 grams of methylamphetamine from his home
- Fisher played 13 seasons in the AFL with the Saints and retired in 2016
A former AFL star charged with smuggling drugs worth $230,000 between Melbourne and Perth in a Harvey Norman hood is set to challenge the charges in a jury trial.
Sam Fisher, 39, pleaded not guilty in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Monday to eight counts, including trafficking in a large commercial quantity of methylamphetamine and cocaine.
If found guilty, Fisher faces life behind bars.
He appeared in court via video link alongside senior criminal barrister Dermot Dann, QC, who is expected to represent him when the case comes to Victoria County Court next year.
Fisher was charged as part of a joint investigation between detectives from Western Australia and Victoria.
Police allege Fisher arranged to send a package containing one kilogram of methylamphetamine and 84 grams of cocaine from Melbourne to Perth.
Sam Fisher faces years behind bars if convicted of major drug trafficking charges
Police raided the former St Kilda star’s home and seized over 13 grams of methylamphetamine and nearly two liters of 1,4-Butanediol
Top criminal lawyer Dermot Dann, QC (pictured) will represent Sam Fisher at trial
The drugs, allegedly concealed inside a fume hood, were seized by WA Police on April 20 this year.
Fisher was reportedly captured on CCTV buying Harvey Norman’s hood in Moorabbin, southeast of Melbourne’s CBD, and dropping the package off at a nearby cafe on the morning of April 20.
A courier then picked up the package and took it to the airport, police said.
WA detectives also intercepted a second package on April 20 containing $129,000 inside and bound for Melbourne.
Perth man Julien Morvan was arrested and charged on April 21 in connection with the seizure.
Police searched his phone and reportedly found messages between Morvan and Fisher regarding the drugs in the intercepted package.
Officers arrested Fisher on May 18 and searched his Sandringham home, seizing more than 13 grams of methylamphetamine and nearly two liters of 1,4-butanediol.
Sam Fisher (pictured) hired top criminal lawyer Dermot Dann, QC to defend him
Former AFL star Sam Fisher (seen here in 2011) is charged with dealing drugs worth $230,000 after being arrested in Melbourne last month
Fisher (right), twice best and fairer from St Kilda, admitted to having a drug addiction
Fisher played 13 seasons and 228 games with the Saints before retiring in 2016
Police also found $985 in cash, a human growth hormone kit and three cell phones.
Fisher, a former All-Australian and twice St Kilda’s best and fairest, admits to having a drug addiction but denies trafficking allegations.
The 39-year-old started using 30ml of GHB a day after his relationship broke down and has become increasingly isolated during the pandemic, Mr Dann told the court during a hearing in June .
On Monday, the court heard that Fisher had now left a rehabilitation clinic and was residing in Craigieburn, north Melbourne.
Fisher remains free in the community on $25,000 bond.
The court heard police would rely heavily on CCTV footage obtained from Harvey Norman where they claim Fisher was captured taking possession of the hood.
Forensic testing of the offending package found evidence of female DNA and did not find Fisher linked via fingerprints or DNA.
The 39-year-old, who has no previous convictions, is expected to maintain the support of the AFL Players Association and his family.
He will appear in Victoria County Court in January.