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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Mark ‘Bomber’ Thompson faces Melbourne court over drug trafficking charges

A locked room attached to Mark “Bomber” Thompson’s Melbourne bedroom contained more than 130 grams of ecstasy and a cigarette butt with the AFL great’s DNA on it, police allege.
A set of scales and empty deal bags were also allegedly located in the room alongside Geelong Football Club memorabilia, during a raid on Thompson’s Port Melbourne property in January.
In an upstairs room of the converted warehouse, police said they found a metal lock box containing the drugs MDMA, LSD and Xanax, along with the former Essendon player’s DNA.
Details of the police search were revealed as Thompson returned to Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday charged with multiple drug trafficking and possession offences.
“There’s scales. There’s deal bags. There’s handwritten notes,” magistrate Simon Zebrowski said after hearing a summary of the allegations.
“It’s certainly not a case where I can say the case is weak.”
But the former Geelong coach is going to fight the allegations, with his lawyer claiming the ecstasy did not belong to Thompson and he had no need to sell drugs.
“It would make no sense for my client to be involved, in his circumstances,“ lawyer Peter Matthews said.
“There is no financial incentive. No financial need.”
The magistrate countered this argument with a hypothetical.
“Let’s say your client had a habit. Why would it not make sense for the habit to pay for itself?” Mr Zebrowski said.
Thompson, 54, will face a three-day contest hearing in June 2019. He is facing eight charges, including three counts of trafficking.
The 134 grams of ecstasy allegedly found in the room, locked by a keypad, represents more than 40 times the traffickable quantity of the party drug, which is three grams.
Thompson, who played in three flags with Essendon and later coached Geelong to two premierships, was supported by family members and did not comment as he left court.