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by Shane Stokes
August 25, 2017
Photography by Cor Vos
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Marczynski wins stage 6 of the Vuelta a España; Viviani wins stage three of the Tour du Poitou-Charentes, Pedersen dominates TT and takes lead; Jack Bobridge charged over selling street drugs; Contador impresses Froome with attacks, feels back to form : ‘I’m enjoying myself more’; Van Garderen remains positive despite time lost on Vuelta’s stage 6; Betancur out of Vuelta a España; Greipel affected by worries about his parents; Cummings, Thomson, Venter, Van Zyl and Janse van Rensburg all renew with Team Dimension Data; Dillier to Ag2r La Mondiale, Lindeman extends with LottoNL-Jumbo; Tour of Alberta line-up headed by strong Cannondale-Drapac squad; Melbourne Grand Prix of Cyclocross opens international cyclocross season; Video: Girona Cycling Guide Josep From Bikebreaks Shows Us His Castle And Bike Collection; Video: Junior Tour of Ireland Cycling 2017
Former Australian national champion and world champion Jack Bobridge appeared before Perth Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, facing accusations that he sold hundreds of ecstasy tablets. The 28-year-old was arrested on Wednesday after a police raid at his home in Yokine. According to neighbours, at least six marked and unmarked police cars were in attendance, as well as sniffer dogs. These were used to search his house and backyard for more than an hour.
Bobridge was arrested and detained overnight, then appeared before the court on Thursday facing six charges of selling significant quantities of the drug in several suburbs over a period of several months. The court was told that he had been monitored in a long-running undercover operation.
According to the police, Bobridge sold large quantities of MDMA between March and July of this year in Perth, Stirling, Balcatta and Leederville. One batch allegedly contained 146 pills. Also accused of being involved in the scheme is Alex McGregor, who has already appeared and who will face more charges next month in connection to the sale of banned drugs.
Police opposed bail for Bobridge, saying that because the allegations were so serious, Bobridge was certain to go to jail if convicted. However Bobridge was released, but had to hand over a $10,000 surety plus his passport, undertake not to leave the State and also agree not to contact McGregor.
Bobridge was considered one of Australia’s most talented riders, but retired from the sport last year. He had been battling rheumatoid arthritis and told CyclingTips that this was a major factor in his decision. “Over the past six years or something I haven’t really expressed the arthritis to too many people but it was pretty hard on the body,” Bobridge told CyclingTips. “The Olympic campaign, jumping from track to road and back, forward, back, forward this year … I was carrying injuries a lot of the season as well … little niggly ones, nothing serious, but it was part of the big reason I come back [to Australia].
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