Drug trafficking: Former St Kilda player Sam Fisher has been charged after a cross-border investigation

A former AFL star was charged with regular drug trafficking following a cross-border police investigation.

Former AFL star Sam Fisher has been charged with trafficking large quantities of illicit drugs across state borders.

Police raided a Bay Rd address in Melbourne suburb of Sandringham early Wednesday morning and seized methylamphetamine, 1,4-butanediol and a Mercedes Benz, all allegedly the proceeds of crime.

It led to the former St Kilda defender being charged with trafficking in large commercial quantities.

Police say the addictive drugs were routinely hidden in household appliances and sent from Melbourne to Perth.

The 39-year-old did not appear at Melbourne’s Magistrates’ Court Wednesday night and the matter has been adjourned as of 10 August.

Fisher’s attorney said he preferred to remain in custody.

The investigation began after WA police seized a package on April 20 containing $ 129,000 that was reportedly sent to a Melbourne address.

On the same day, the WA police drug and firearms squad intercepted another package that allegedly came from Melbourne.

It contained about 1 kg of methylamphetamine and 84 g of cocaine hidden inside a kitchen appliance.

Trident Taskforce Investigative Inspector Craig Darlow called Mr. Fisher’s arrest and subsequent prosecution a “remarkable achievement” for the police.

“This is an extraordinary finding that highlights the modern cross-border nature of drug-related crime,” he said.

“There may be a perception that drugs can be easily hidden; however, we have seen over and over again the police’s ability to detect and seize these substances.

“This is a warning that no matter where you are, where or how you operate, we will target those involved in the production and trafficking of illicit drugs and hold them accountable.”

Fisher played 228 AFL games with the Saints from 2004 to 2016, forming an all-Australian team and playing three finals.

Police investigations remain ongoing.

Anyone with information on illicit drug activity is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Originally published as ‘Notable’: former Saint Sam Fisher accused of large cross-border drug trafficking