Former world champion track cyclist Jack Bobridge has appeared before magistrates in Western Australia charged with several counts of selling and supplying MDMA, also known as ecstasy.
Bobridge had been targeted in an undercover police operation which is looking to crack down on the supply of drugs in bars and nightclubs in the Perth area.
Yesterday police accompanied by sniffer dogs raided the 28-year-old retired cyclist’s home, reports Perth Now.
After spending the night in custody, he appeared in Perth Magistrates’ Court today where he was charged with six counts of selling or supplying MDMA between March and July this year, with one consignment said to contain 146 tablets.
He has been released on bail under strict conditions including surrendering his passport, and will return to court next month.
Police have made dozens of arrests and seized recreational drugs with a street value estimated to be in excess of A$1 million under Operation Inception.
Detective Senior Sergeant Darryl Cox said: “We will continue to target anyone that enters the entertainment precinct with drugs.
“We want these venues to be safe for all patrons and we encourage all community members, including those who work in the entertainment sector, to provide us with information about drug dealing.”
Bobridge is a former world champion in the team and individual pursuits and has two Olympic silver medals in the team pursuit, the second coming in Rio last year.
Shortly afterwards, his career was cut short by rheumatoid arthritis and he retired last November to open a gym in Perth.
At the time, he was riding for Trek Segafredo and was the reigning Australian national road champion, having won the title for the second time the previous January.
He has reportedly declined to comment on his arrest and the charges laid against him.
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