According to news, a former Olympic swimmer who won silver and bronze medals for Australia at the 1996 Games in Atlanta was charged with drug trafficking Tuesday after police confiscated methamphetamines estimated at $1.6 million.
After authorities discovered methylamphetamine contained in eight candles in January, Scott Miller, 45, was arrested at his waterfront home in the Sydney suburb of Rozelle, a police statement said.
Police said the arrest of Miller is a significant coup in disrupting a criminal syndicate in New South Wales that would have unleashed “death and suffering,” news.com.au eported.
The arrest video portrays a shirtless Miller, his face blurred, wearing nothing but a pair of jeans as he sits in a chair inside a sparsely furnished room around a table.
According to the news outlet, another man, Wayne Allan Johnson, 47, was detained in connection with the case at a home in the affluent Sydney suburb of Balmain.
Superintendent of Police Detective John Watson suspected that Miller was the chief of a crime syndicate.
“Others, it will be alleged, are working under his guidance,” said Watson. The two suspects were reportedly trafficking drugs destined for the provincial state of New South Wales from Sydney. “This was not a small operation,” Watson said.
“They were well-organized and well financed.”
Miller was charged with two counts of supplying a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug, dealing with the proceeds of crime and directing a criminal group, news eported.