Olympic cyclist in alleged Perth drug bust
A DUAL Olympic silver medal cyclist is accused of selling hundreds of ecstasy tablets, after being caught up in an undercover police operation targeting street-level party drug dealers.
Almost a year since he stood on the podium at the Rio Olympics after narrowly losing in the men's team pursuit final, Jack Bobridge, 28, stood in the dock at Perth Magistrate's Court on Thursday.
The three-time Olympian, four-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist, former world champion and world record holder was arrested on Wednesday after police with sniffer dogs descended on his Yokine home.
Neighbours said they saw at least six marked and unmarked police cars arrive at the property.
Detectives used sniffer dogs to search the house and backyard for more than an hour.
After spending the night in custody, Mr Bobridge appeared yesterday to face six charges of selling significant quantities of MDMA over several months.
Police allege that from March to July this year, in Perth, Stirling, Balcatta and Leederville, Mr Bobridge sold large quantities of MDMA - one batch allegedly containing 146 pills.
Those charges were considered so serious that police opposed bail, saying the gravity of the allegations meant jail was "inevitable" if Mr Bobridge was convicted.
Magistrate Elaine Campione released Mr Bobridge on strict conditions, which included a $10,000 surety, a promise not to leave the state, the surrender of his passport and an order not to contact his co-accused.
That man - named in court as Alex McGregor - has already appeared, and again will face charges next month of selling prohibited drugs.
Mr Bobridge, from Adelaide, has been living in Perth since retiring from professional cycling last year because of rheumatoid arthritis, and had opened a gym.
Police said that search warrants were executed at his home and a North Perth business as part of Operation Inception - a months' long crackdown that focused on illicit drug dealing in licensed premises in Perth's entertainment precincts
Police revealed in June that as part of that operation, drugs with an estimated street value of $1.1 million had been seized, including ecstasy tablets, MDMA capsules and crystal methamphetamine, cocaine, cannabis, GHB, LSD and steroids.
Perth city detectives officer-in-charge Detective Senior Sergeant Darryl Cox said Operation Inception had involved dozens of officers trying to make Perth's entertainment hubs safer.
"We will continue to target anyone that enters the entertainment precinct with drugs," he said.
"We want these venues to be safe for all patrons and we encourage all community members, including those who work in the entertainment sector, to provide us with information about drug dealing."
Police said 61 people had been charged as part of the operation.
Mr Bobridge, who refused to comment on Thursday, will return to court in September.