Reds star recruit Hunt arrested for supplying cocaine

The Reds code-hopping big off-season signing Karmichael Hunt has been arrested and charged on four accounts with supplying cocaine.

Hunt joined the Queensland side from the AFL in the off season and was one of their big signings as he is one of Australia’s most successful sportsmen.

According to the Guardian, Hunt has been charged with supplying cocaine as part of an investigation by Queensland’s Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC).

Twenty-eight-year-old Hunt was arrested and charged with four counts of supply on Thursday evening.

Hunt’s arrest is related to an earlier CCC and police probe that allegedly uncovered cocaine trafficking by another prominent footballer, one-time Queensland rugby league player Jason Smith.

The player is expected to appear at Southport magistrates court on 5 March with two other men and a woman whom the CCC said had been “identified allegedly arranging the supply of cocaine during an ongoing drug trafficking investigation”.

“The CCC will allege that during an investigation focused on a cocaine trafficking syndicate operating in south-east Queensland, these four individuals were identified contacting the syndicate and arranging for the supply of cocaine,” it said.

The CCC further alleged: “The three men and one woman arranged for the supply of cocaine for personal use or to on-supply cocaine to friends and colleagues between June and December 2014.”

The code hopper joined the Reds in August 2014 after making his name with the Brisbane Broncos and Queensland rugby league teams before switching to AFL with the Gold Coast Suns in 2009.

Hunt was named in the Reds starting line up at fullback for this weekend’s match against the Western Force on Saturday at Suncorp Stadium and has been vice captain of the team since January.

The Reds postponed their pre-match captain’s press conference on Friday morning as reports of their vice-captain’s arrest spread.

“The Australian Rugby Union and Queensland Rugby Union are aware of reports regarding Karmichael Hunt,” the two governing bodies said in a joint statement.

“The ARU’s integrity team and the Queensland Rugby Union are making enquiries into the reports. We’ll be in a position to comment in more detail once those enquiries have progressed.”

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