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Canadian drug imports linked to ACC investigation

Jim Wilson, Staff Writers, Yahoo!7 February 12, 2013, 7:16 pm

EXCLUSIVE: 7News has been given exclusive details of organised crime gangs importing performance enhancing substances for our elite athletes.

The six NRL clubs implicated in the drugs in sport scandal have been told the investigation could take months.

"We understand this will be a drawn out process, it won't happen over a couple of weeks," said Penrith General Manager Phil Gould.

Penrith players flew out to New Zealand for a pre-season trial today, leaving behind a scandal that threatens the integrity of rugby league.

Theirs is among six clubs implicated. The Panthers join Cronulla, Manly, Newcastle, Canberra and North Queensland.

This afternoon the six clubs were briefed by doping agency officials.

The World Anti-Doping Agency painted a grim picture, but now 7News can reveal more shocking revelations of links between organised crime and the importation of performance enhancing drugs.

"The whole inquiry in Australia commenced with Customs seizing a few hundred parcels which show there was some sort of pattern of importing drugs from Canada in fact," World Anti-Doping Agency chief David Howman said.

"The guys who are doing this are making more money than they can pushing heroin. Its as simple as that," WADA CEO David Howman said.

Federal Sports Minister Kate Lundy practiced her golf swing today, but on Thursday she'll host crisis talks with her state counterparts.

"If you've got organised crime and criminal figures in and around our elite sports people, that in itself is enough to set alarm bells ringing," New South Wales Sport Minister Graham Annesley said.

"Because that exposes them to all sorts of other influences, that we probably don’t really want to think about."

There's been widespread criticism the National Rugby League has been too slow to react, and allay the fears of the fans in the game's heartland.

It's also been a baptism of fire for new NRL chief executive, David Smith, who's been in the chair for a week and is dealing with one of the biggest scandals in the game's history.

"Due process has to be followed there has to be a fair and due process," National Rugby League CEO David Smith said.

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  1. Neil JL01:39pm Wednesday 13th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    There out playing golf ,the pollies are drinking champane cheers all round there,not on the front page well done labour.

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  2. Lancie07:53am Wednesday 13th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    It has been suggested that Gillards bum lickers came up with this #$%$ to take the heat of her crowd leading up to the election, which they couldn't will with a head start. What sort of police force have we got in this country that allows itself to be browbreaten by a bunch of self serving theives?

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  3. John07:20am Wednesday 13th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    What a rubbish story if you believe this you believe anything.

  4. dom02:52am Wednesday 13th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    u will all find out soon enough

  5. DOLLARS09:17pm Tuesday 12th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Hmm..Canada. Home of Lance Armstrong

  6. Lets be frank about it08:20pm Tuesday 12th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Organise crime gangs are importing drugs? What a scoop. So is there any evidence that NRL players actually took these drugs? Please! What sort of justice is this? The investigation could still take months? How about waiting until the investigations are complete and start charging people then, instead of pointing the finger at everyone half way through? The majority are innocent, but right now its a case of guilty until proven innocent for all the players in the 6 named NRL clubs.