Disgraced Australian Olympic medallist Nathan Baggaley has been charged with possessing steroids in jail. Baggaley was already serving a nine-year jail term with a non-parole period of five years for dealing in ecstasy.
But on Thursday, while serving his time in Cessnock Correctional Centre, the three-time kayaking world champion and double Olympic silver medallist was charged with “possession of a prescribed restricted substance (steroids)”. It is understood he has subsequently been moved to Silverwater Metropolitan Remand and Reception Centre and will appear in Cessnock court on July 21.
The 2007 arrest of Baggaley, 34, on the ecstasy charge was featured just this week on the Nine Network program Australian Druglords.
A four-month police investigation at the time resulted in police seizing more than $62,000 and a 125kg pill press for making ecstasy. It was claimed after Baggaley and his brother Dru were convicted on ecstasy charges last year that the press was used to manufacture almost 15,000 tablets with a street value of $2.5 million.
Allegations of steroid use began the demise of the Baggaley’s kayaking career.
The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency busted him for anabolic steroid use in 2005, resulting in an international two-year ban. Baggaley has continually maintained the steroids were consumed inadvertently. His lawyer said he consumed the steroids after drinking from an orange juice bottle belonging to his brother.
The bottle allegedly contained an unlabelled mix of steroids and orange juice in the family fridge.