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Police Called After Drugs Found In NSW Cup Dressing Room
June 6, 2016
NSWRL officials contacted police after drugs were discovered in a dressing room at Saturday's match between North Sydney Bears and Wyong Kangaroos.
However, there may be an innocent explanation as it emerged after Fairfax Media published a story about the discovery that paramedics attending an earlier NRL Under-20s match at North Sydney Oval had misplaced a package.
An NSWRL ground manager found the drugs after the Intrust Super Premiership match at North Sydney Oval and the reported the discovery on Monday.
The police were immediately notified and are investigating the source of the drugs.
However, NSWRL officials are confident the drugs do not belong to any of the players involved in the match, which was won 30-4 by Wyong, a feeder team to Sydney Roosters. The Bears are the feeder team for South Sydney in the NSW Cup.
The NRL integrity unit is also monitoring the investigation but it appears the discovery may have been the result of a mix-up between officials overseeing the NSW Cup fixture and paramedics attending the earlier NRL Under-20s clash between Souths and Gold Coast.
It was initially thought the drugs may be linked to a theft in the North Sydney area last week but after reading a report of the discovery on smh.com.au, Bears officials told Fairfax Media that they are likely to belong to the paramedics at the under-20s match.
"The paramedics attended the under-20s match and at the end of our match we had the paramedics in our dressing rooms saying, 'Have you seen our meds'," Norths chief executive Greg Florimo said.
"We said, 'No', and we assisted the paramedics to search the ground and turn it upside down to find these meds. I went home on Saturday night without it being resolved and I reported it to South Sydney that the paramedics had misplaced some meds.
"I was there when the paramedics turned up and they dumped their stretcher and gear on the sideline and these guys were frantic at the end of the game because they couldn't find their meds.
"We were tipping out bins, scouring the oval and looking everywhere for this package but until the article I had no idea what had happened. I have now had the paramedics ring me about it, and Wyong and Souths."
The NSWRL is continuing to investigate the incident to ensure no player was involved in drug use at the ground and an NRL spokesman said the integrity unit was monitoring the incident.
"It is not for us to surmise where the drugs may or may not have come from but it is a good thing if there is an explanation that is perfectly above board," NSWRL chief executive David Trodden said. "Presumably it will be fairly easy to confirm that is the case."
The incident comes amid growing concerns about the use prescription drugs by NRL players and charges against Parramatta playmaker Corey Norman for possession of MDMA capsules and prescription muscle relaxants at The Star last month.