Gold Coast Titans assistant coach Michael Gordon charged after raids targeting drug supply to 'schoolies areas' - ABC News

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The Gold Coast Titans say assistant coach and former NRL star Michael Gordon will not be "providing services to the club until further notice" after he was charged by police.

  • Michael Gordon has been charged with two counts each of supplying and possessing a prohibited drug
  • In a statement, the Gold Coast Titans revealed he had been stood down from his assistant coaching duties
  • Five other men and one woman were also charged in relation to the alleged drug syndicate

It is understood the 37-year-old former fullback is one of seven people arrested by New South Wales police over an alleged cross-border cocaine and MDMA supply syndicate.

Tweed/Byron Police District crime manager, Detective Chief Inspector Brendon Cullen, said the arrests would have "significantly disrupted" the supply chain into the "schoolies areas".

"Byron Bay is one of the busiest places on the east coast of Australia right now, with thousands of schoolies expected to fill coastal towns during the coming weeks," he said.

"These drugs were bound for our streets.

"Police will allege in court this syndicate was operating across the border."

The investigation by Strike Force Caved saw five search warrants executed at Casuarina and Terranora in New South Wales on Saturday, and four at Robina, Burleigh Waters and Miami in Queensland.

Police said the searches unearthed more than $60,000 in cash, as well as cocaine, MDMA, steroids, mobile phones and drug paraphernalia.

Mr Gordon was arrested in Casuarina and taken to Tweed Heads Police station, where he was charged with two counts each of supplying and possessing a prohibited drug.

In a statement, released on Sunday morning, the Titans confirmed it was aware Mr Gordon had been charged by police.

"Michael has been working on a contract basis, providing specialist coaching services to the club over the past season," it said.

"He will not be providing services to the club until further notice.

"The club will make no further comment as the issue is now with police."

Five other men and one woman have been charged in relation to the alleged syndicate.

Mr Gordon is set to face Tweed Heads Local Court on December 14.

In 2015  three years before Mr Gordon joined the Titans  a number of Titans players were charged after a Crime and Corruption Commission investigation into an alleged drug syndicate.

Former players Joe Vickery, Dave Taylor and Jamie Dowling pleading guilty to offences and were sentenced, while charges against four other players linked to the NRL club were later dismissed.

The Titans also fined Kevin Proctor $20,000 and suspended him for four matches after he was caught on CCTV consuming a while substance off a man's phone outside a Canberra night club.

Proctor was named team captain in 2020.

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