From the top of the athletic world to a jail cell.
Scott Miller, a former Olympic star, was arrested by Australian authorities for allegedly running a commercial drug trafficking syndicate in Sydney last month.
The 45-year-old was arrested after a search warrant was executed and a raid was conducted on his residence. They found a kilogram of heroin worth $250,000(AU) in street value, more than $58,000 in cash, cell phones, encrypted electronic devices and other drug paraphernalia, according to media reports.
Scott Miller was a household name in Australia in 1996 when he won a silver medal in the 100 meters butterfly at the Atlanta Olympics. He also won a bronze medal with the 4 x 100 Australian medley relay team.
However, the 45-year old’s fortune had taken a downward turn over the years. According to Lexology, Miller had delved into drug use, and in 1997 he tested positive for marijuana and was suspended for two months from FINA (Fédération Internationale de Natation), also known as the International Swimming Federation.
In 2008, Miller was arrested and charged with possessing a prescribed restricted substance and offensive weapon after authorities found steroids, a loaded revolver, and $250,000(AU) at his residence. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 100-hour community service and two years good behavior bond.
In 2013, Miller was again arrested after methamphetamine, and $13,146 cash was found at his residence. He pleaded guilty and received a suspended sentence.
In a police statement, Miller’s current woes stemmed from a more extensive investigation of $2 million(AU) worth of methamphetamine stored in candles for commercial supply in Sydney. "He is calling the shots; he is the head of that syndicate, and others are working under his instructions," said Detective John Watson of the New South Wales Police and reported by CNN.
Wayne Allan Johnson, an accomplice of Miller, was also arrested at his residence in Balmain, New South Wales.
Miller had not been granted bail and had been remanded in court until April 13.
At this point, it seems like three strikes might be out for the former sports superstar, and a prison term might be in his future. But, the legal system will have to play out to show his fate.