Stuart MacGill, the renowned former Australian cricketer who participated in 44 Test matches for his country, has been arrested and charged in connection with a significant cocaine supply scheme. The arrest took place in Sydney on Tuesday (12).
The investigation leading to MacGill’s arrest was triggered by a harrowing incident in 2021 when the 52-year-old cricketer was allegedly abducted and subjected to physical assault. MacGill’s denial of involvement in drug supply has been steadfast, and he has yet to formally enter a plea in this latest development.
In April 2021, MacGill captured global attention when he reported to the police that he had been forcibly confronted and forced into a vehicle in Cremorne, a Sydney suburb. His ordeal continued as he was taken to a remote location on the outskirts of the city, where he claims to have been assaulted and threatened at gunpoint before being transported to a third undisclosed location and subsequently released. Despite sustaining minor injuries during this traumatic event, MacGill did not require medical treatment.
Following the alleged abduction, MacGill vehemently asserted his innocence, stating, “I’ve done nothing wrong.” At the time, the police regarded him as solely a victim of the incident. Notably, six individuals, including his then-partner’s brother, were charged in connection with the abduction.
However, after a comprehensive two-year investigation, law enforcement authorities have now added a new charge against MacGill, accusing him of participating in the supply of a substantial commercial quantity of a prohibited drug. Local media reports suggest that the alleged drug deal involved a value exceeding $300,000 of cocaine.
Stuart MacGill has been released on bail, and his next court appearance is scheduled for October 26. Once ranked as the world’s second-best bowler, following his teammate Shane Warne, MacGill made significant contributions to the Australian national cricket team between 1998 and 2008.