In a locked room attached to Mark “Bomber” Thompson’s bedroom, Melbourne police allegedly found more than 130 grams of ecstasy and a cigarette butt with the AFL great’s DNA.
A set of scales and a shoebox containing empty deal bags were also located in the anteroom alongside Geelong Football Club memorabilia, prosecutors allege.
But the former Essendon champion has vowed to fight trafficking allegations, with lawyers saying he had no financial need to sell drugs.
Thompson’s Port Melbourne home was raided by police in January and details of the search were revealed when he returned to Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
“There’s scales. There’s deal bags. There’s handwritten notes,” magistrate Simon Zebrowski said after hearing a police summary of the allegations.
“It’s certainly not a case where I can say the case is weak.”
In a mezzanine area of the converted warehouse, police allegedly found a magnetic lock box, attached to a beam, containing the drugs MDMA, ice, Xanax and a single LSD tab, along with Thompson’s DNA.
Handwritten notes were also found in a dining area of the home, which Thompson, 54, shared with Thomas Windsor, who has since admitted drug offences.
“It’s a fair bit of money involved,” the magistrate mused as he studied a document.
Thompson’s barrister Peter Matthews said the charges will be fought, claiming the ecstasy did not belong to his client.
“It would make no sense for my client to be involved, in his circumstances,” Mr Matthews told the court.
“There is no financial incentive. No financial need.”
But the magistrate countered this argument with a hypothetical.
“Let’s say your client had a habit. Why would it not make sense for the habit to pay for itself?” Mr Zebrowski said.
Thompson will face a three-day contest hearing before a magistrate in June 2019.
He is facing eight charges, including three counts of drug trafficking and four of drug possession.
The 134 grams of ecstasy allegedly found in the anteroom, protected by a keypad, represents more than 40 times the traffickable quantity of the party drug, which is three grams.
Thompson, who played in three flags with Essendon and later coached Geelong to two premierships, was supported in court by family members.
Prosecutors have also laid a fresh charge of contravening a bail condition.
The court was told Thompson failed to report to police on the designated day on two occasions, but reported the following day each time.
His bail conditions were eased, meaning he must report to police weekly instead of three times a week.
Thompson did not comment to reporters as he left court.
The former Essendon captain was an assistant coach at the Bombers during the club’s supplements saga that surfaced in 2013.
Thompson recently admitted losing interest in football following his fall from grace.
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