Former Australian Olympic swimmer Scott Miller has been arrested in a police raid, following an investigation into the alleged supply of drugs valued at more than £1million
Police say two men were arrested after methamphetamine valued at two million Australian dollars – concealed in candles – was seized. One of them is believed to be Miller, who won two Olympic medals during his career.
A police statement, which did not name Miller, said detectives arrested two men as part of ongoing investigations.
According to Nine News, Miller was arrested at his home in Sydney on Tuesday and police carried out a search at his residence.
The 45-year-old was arrested along with one other male, 47, at their Sydney homes after the drugs were discovered in eight candles last month.
Police Detective Superintendent John Watson didn't name Miller, but suggested it was a large-scale operation.
The police chief said: "Others, it will be alleged, are working under his instruction. This was not a small operation. They were well organised and well financed."
"For all intents and purposes, they looked like regular candle," added Watson, according to Nine News.
"But they weren't laced with fragrance, they were laced with death and misery."
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Footage of the raid shows Miller, shirtless, slumped in a chair as police searched his apartment just after dawn.
His solicitor Hugh Salter did not apply for bail and it was formally refused.
Miller competed in the butterfly stroke and won silver during the 1996 Olympics games in Atlanta.
That silver medal was a controversial one, with Russian swimmer Denis Pankratov exploiting a loophole in the rules which allowed him to stay underwater for longer.
A rule was introduced to outlaw competitors from staying underneath the surface for more than 25m – but that didn’t apply in the butterfly race, leaving Pankratov free to glide for more than 35m.
He would also win a bronze as part of the 4 x 100 relay team, adding to a world championship gold he won the year previous.
A year after his Olympic successes in America, Miller was banned by FINA for two months after he tested positive for marijuana use.
In an interview with 60 Minutes in 2014, Miller admitted he was struggling with a drug addiction.
The two men are yet to make a statement and are being detained in the Balmain area of New South Wales.
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