Aussie Olympic Medalist Scott Miller Arrested on Drug Charges

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Australian two-time Olympic medalist Scott Miller was arrested Monday in Sydney in connection with an alleged drug distribution ring.

According to reports, Miller was arrested after the discovery of up to $2 million of methylamphetamine, or “ice,” in what are reported as “commercial quantities” hidden in candles. Coordinated raids across the city swept up Miller at his home in Rozelle and apprehended an unidentified man at another location. Miller was taken to Newtown Police Station, and police are expected to give an update later in the day.

In the pool, Miller was part of a burgeoning wave of Australian talents in the late 1990s. He won the silver medal in the men’s 100 butterfly at the 1996 Olympic Games, only a world record by Denis Pankratov of Russia standing between him and gold. Miller had set the Olympic record in prelims at 52.89 and went 52.53 in finals.

Miller also earned bronze in the 400 medley relay in Atlanta. By the 2000 Sydney Games, he’d been supplanted by Michael Klim (sixth in the 100 fly in Atlanta) and Geoff Huegill, both of whom medaled in the 100 fly in Sydney.

Miller won gold in the 100 fly and silver in the 200 at the 1994 Commonwealth Games and the 1995 World Championships. He swept gold in both events at the 1995 Pac Pacific Championships.

Miller, 46, has battled drug issues and had run-ins with the law before. He was arrested in 2008 and charged with being part of a drug distribution syndicate, pleading guilty and being sentenced to community service and probation. He was arrested again in 2013 and hit with a suspended jail sentence.

He tested positive in the late 1990s for marijuana while he was still competing. He has undergone treatment for drug use, opening up about the struggle after the suicide death of his ex-wife Charlotte Dawson in 2014.