The troubled AFL star admits he is a drug addict but denies smuggling $230,000 worth of cocaine and meth hidden in a Harvey Norman area.
- Sam Fisher allegedly smuggled $230,000 worth of drugs from Victoria to Perth
- Former Saints star pleaded not guilty to eight drug-related charges on Monday
- Fisher was arrested on May 18 as part of a larger drug trafficking investigation
- The police seized more than 13 grams of methylamphetamine in his home
- Fisher played 13 seasons in the AFL with the Saints and retired in 2016
A former AFL star accused of smuggling $230,000 worth of drugs between Melbourne and Perth at a Harvey Norman site will contest the charges in a jury trial.
Sam Fisher, 39, pleaded not guilty in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday to eight charges, including dealing in a large commercial quantity of methylamphetamine and cocaine.
If convicted, Fisher faces life behind bars.
He appeared in court via video link alongside high-profile criminal barrister Dermot Dann, QC, who is set to represent him when the case goes to the County Court of Victoria next year.
FIsher was charged during a joint investigation between Western Australian and Victorian detectives.
Police allege Fisher organized a package containing one kilogram of methylamphetamine and 84 grams of cocaine to be sent from Melbourne to Perth.
Sam Fisher faces years behind bars if found guilty of major drug-trafficking charges
Police searched the former St Kilda star’s home and seized more than 13 grams of methylamphetamine and nearly two liters of 1,4-butanediol
High profile criminal barrister Dermot Dann, QC (pictured) will represent Sam Fisher during the trial
The drugs, allegedly hidden in a spacer cap, were seized by WA Police on April 20 this year.
Fisher was allegedly captured on CCTV buying the range locker from Harvey Norman in Moorabbin, south-east of the Melbourne CBD, and dropping the package at a nearby cafe on the morning of April 20.
A courier then picked up the package and brought it to the airport, police claim.
WA detectives also intercepted another package on April 20 which had $129,000 inside and was bound for Melbourne.
Perth man Julien Morvan was arrested and charged on April 21 in relation to the seizure.
Police searched his phone and allegedly found messages between Morvan and Fisher related to the drugs in the intercepted package.
Officers arrested Fisher on May 18 and searched his Sandringham home, seizing more than 13 grams of methylamphetamine and almost two liters of 1,4-butanediol.
Sam Fisher (pictured) has engaged top criminal barrister Dermot Dann, QC to defend him
Former AFL star Sam Fisher (seen here in 2011) is accused of smuggling $230,000 worth of drugs after being arrested in Melbourne last month
A two-time St Kilda best and fairest, Fisher (right) admitted to having a drug addiction
Fisher played 13 seasons and 228 games for the Saints before retiring in 2016
Police also found $985 in cash, a kit of human growth hormone and three cellphones.
Fisher, a former All-Australian and two-time St Kilda best and fairest, admits to having a drug addiction but denies the allegations of human trafficking.
The 39-year-old began using 30ml of GHB a day after his relationship broke down and he became increasingly isolated during the pandemic, Dann told the court at a hearing in June.
On Monday, the court heard that Fisher had now checked out of a rehabilitation clinic and was living in Craigieburn, north of Melbourne.
Fisher remains free in the community on $25,000 bail.
The court heard that police would rely heavily on CCTV footage from Harvey Norman where they claim Fisher was captured and took control of the range hood.
Forensic testing of the incriminating package found evidence of female DNA and did not link Fisher via fingerprints or DNA.
The 39-year-old, who has no previous convictions, is understood to maintain the support of the AFL Players Association and his family.
He will appear in the Victoria County Court in January.