Ex-Olympic silver medallist Baggaley guilty of drug importing

Former canoeist Nathan Baggaley and his younger brother have been found guilty of plotting to smuggle cocoaine into Australia.

Nathan Baggaley at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004. - GETTY IMAGES

Former two-time Olympic silver medallist canoeist Nathan Baggaley and his younger brother have been found guilty of plotting to smuggle AUD 200 million (USD 150 million) worth of cocaine into Australia.

The 45-year-old Baggaley and his 39-year-old brother Dru were charged with attempting to import 650 kilograms (1,430 pounds) of cocaine in 2018. After about eight hours of deliberating, a Brisbane Supreme Court jury found both men guilty on Thursday.

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Nathan Baggaley won two canoeing silver medals at the 2004 Athens Olympics and also was a three-time world champion. But his career was tarnished with drug scandals — testing positive for banned steroids in 2005 and also being jailed with Dru Baggaley 10 years later for his role in a drug manufacturing syndicate.

The Baggaley brothers will be sentenced on a date yet to be decided by the court.