NABBED: Olympic kayaker Nathan Baggaley at an Australian Olympic Committee press conference in Athens in 2004. Photo: AAP
NABBED: Olympic kayaker Nathan Baggaley at an Australian Olympic Committee press conference in Athens in 2004. Photo: AAP

Court seizes athlete's ill-gotten gains



THE Queensland Government has confiscated more than $140,000 it believes are the proceeds of illegal drugs allegedly produced by former Byron Bay Olympic kayaker Nathan Baggaley.

In the Queensland Supreme Court on Tuesday, Justice John Byrne approved a State Government application to confiscate the money from Baggaley's brother, Dru Anthony Baggaley.

Nathan Baggaley, a dual Olympic silver medallist and three-time world kayak champion, has been charged with drug offences including supplying and possessing ecstasy, and with possession of parts of a pill press.

Police allege they also found ecstasy in a raid of 31-year-old Nathan Baggaley's Gold Coast home in February. Officers later also allegedly discovered 762 ecstasy tablets and other substances when they intercepted a car, occupied by Nathan Baggaley and surf-skier Kane Battese, returning from Byron Bay.

Affidavits tendered to the Brisbane court alleged Nathan Baggaley and Dru Baggaley manufactured ecstasy tablets together.

The press was later moved to Nathan Baggaley's house, at which address both he (Dru) and Nathan Baggaley continued to press pills.

Another affidavit said Dru Baggaley, an oyster farmer based in Byron Bay, first came to the attention of Customs and federal police when he imported an industrial-sized pill press from China.

Authorities reportedly allowed him to keep the equipment after he insisted it was to be used to make fish pellets.

The affidavit also said Customs contacted police about other smaller packages addressed to his famous brother's property.

The Government confiscated a total of $146,730. AAP



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