The two-time premiership captain for North Melbourne has insisted the white powder, which fell out of his pocket in a ziplock bag at Crown Casino in Perth, was not illegal.
Western Australia Police will launch an investigation after AFL great Wayne Carey was found in possession of a white powder at a Perth Casino last Thursday.
The 51-year-old has been banned from Crown Resorts for two years after he accidentally dropped a white zip-lock bag from his pocket onto a gambling table at Crown Burswood.
While WA Police were not involved in the matter at the time, a spokesperson has confirmed an investigation into the incident has begun.
“WA Police Force has become aware of an incident at a casino in Burswood on (Thursday September 1 2022) in which it is believed a person dropped a bag containing a small amount of an unknown white powder,” the spokesperson said.
“The matter was not reported to police at the time, and the suspicious powder was not seized by security. An investigation into the incident has been commenced by Perth detectives.”
The croupier at Carey’s table set off an alarm when the small zip-lock bag was dropped onto the table before the casino security was alerted.
Carey was questioned about the substance which he admitted was his before being escorted out of the casino.
He was later evicted after it was discovered he was staying at the Crown hotel.
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The two-time premiership captain for North Melbourne had been in Perth ahead of Saturday night’s elimination final between Fremantle and the Western Bulldogs where he was set to commentate for Channel 7.
Channel 7’s managing director in Melbourne and head of network sport Lewis Martin told the Herald Sun Carey had agreed to stand aside while an investigation takes place.
Carey has insisted the powder was not illegal claiming it was “crushed up anti-inflammatory drugs” he had been using to negate pain.
“It was not an illegal substance, it was offered to security. Security didn’t take it,” Carey told The Age.
“They just said it’s not a great look, I understood that, and we left without incident.”
A spokesperson for Crown Resorts confirmed that a man had been escorted from the Perth venue.
“The incident was handled within our standard procedures and due to privacy reasons, we are unable to provide further comment. At Crown Perth our priority remains keeping our guests, employees and the community safe,” the spokesperson told the Herald Sun.
“As trained professionals, our employees are entrusted to maintain a safe and enjoyable environment for customers and staff at all times, and will take necessary action to ensure these policies are abided by.”
The news comes less than a month after Carey was reportedly involved in a verbal stoush with former teammate Anthony Stevens.
Carey was famously involved in a cheating scandal with Stevens’ then-wife 20 years ago with the pair allegedly clashing at a gathering for North Melbourne’s 1996 premiership winning team at Melbourne’s Railway Hotel.
“It’s a pretty sad sequel,” Edmund said on SEN’s Dwayne’s World.
“Witnesses said Carey went at Stevens, accusing him of talking behind his back and telling people he couldn’t be contacted and to not bother trying to catch up with him, but then being fine in-person.”
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