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Nathan Baggaley in his former Olympic competition days. Photo Australian Olympic Committee
Nathan Baggaley in his former Olympic competition days. Photo Australian Olympic Committee

Former Olympic athlete Nathan Baggaley is due to face drug charges in Lismore Local Court today after he was arrested on Friday night in a major Australian Federal Police drug bust at Tweed Heads.

The disgraced dual silver-medallist canoeist, 37, was one of three men arrested in relation to a clandestine amphetamine drug-lab.

Baggaley, who grew up in Byron Bay and was a high-profile member of the local surf club there, faces seven charges.

They include the manufacture and distribution of amphetamines, supplying a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug and conspiring to manufacture and import drugs into Australia.

The drug bust was part of an ongoing investigation into amphetamine trafficking.

Baggaley, a former Gold Coast lifesaver and once Australian Athlete of the Year, was arrested with a 52-year-old man who were both remanded in custody over the weekend.

Another man, 32, also alleged to be part of the illegal operation, was arrested at Forster.




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  1. Drug Law Reform is urgently needed to stop the illicit trade and destruction of lives and reputations.
    Pharmacy’s are the best place to buy drugs – instead of relying on bikie gangs or ex-olympians.
    A major industry avoids tax and health standards and lines the pockets of corrupt officials because our pathetic conservative politicians don’t have the backbone to address this issue, despite the unremitting popularity of drugs amongst the voters.


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