Former Olympic swimmer Scott Miller has been accused of heading up a drug syndicate in Australia after he was charged with drug trafficking on Tuesday. Miller and an unidentified 47-year-old man were arrested after police recovered methamphetamine valued at $1.56 million in their homes, according to CNN.
The drugs were concealed in candles, detective John Watson told Nine News. "For all intents and purposes, they looked like regular candles but they weren't laced with fragrance, they were laced with death and misery," he said.
The raid was part of an investigation launched earlier this year. New South Wales authorities were looking into a criminal syndicate that was supplying drugs, mostly methamphetamine, across the state when they bust Miller. According to a police report, search warrants were granted for a business at Bankstown, a unit at Rozelle, which is believed to be the Olympian's home, and another residence at Balmain.
Police seized about 2.2 pounds of heroin with an estimated street value of roughly $195,000, cash to the equivalent of $60,000, as well as cell phones, documents, and smaller amounts of drugs from Miller's home. According to the report, which does not identify the Olympian by name, he was charged with supplying the drugs and directing a criminal group.
"He is calling the shots, he is the head of that syndicate and others are working under his instructions," Watson said.
A second man was charged with participating in the syndicate. "They were intent on delivering death and misery to regional towns in NSW," Watson added. "And now we've taken that syndicate out."
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