AFLW: Two Sydney Swans players reportedly embroiled in illicit drugs scandal

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The Swans have reportedly been embroiled in a drug scandal.
Camera IconThe Swans have reportedly been embroiled in a drug scandal. Credit: James Elsby/AFL Photos

A pair of Sydney AFLW players have been reportedly caught with an illicit substance and were charged by police late last year.

Channel 9 Melbourne is reporting that the two unnamed Swans players were caught with an illicit substance — believed to be cocaine — with the club aware of the incident.

The report states both players were charged by police and received a conditional release order which is known as a good behaviour bond.

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It is reported that both the AFL and senior Swans officials are aware of the issue, but the club didn’t comment.

The incident was not on gameday, so there will not be similar punishments to that of Melbourne’s Joel Smith, who is facing a significant ban after he submitted a positive in-game sample for cocaine last year.

Smith has since been accused of trafficking or attempted trafficking of cocaine as part of a Sports Integrity Australia investigation that has him hit with three anti-doping violations.

It is alleged that Smith’s sample had traces of cocaine and its metabolite benzoylecgonine — which are banned substances.

Smith is facing a significant ban that could end his 42-game career at the Demons.

It comes as the AFL’s drug policy comes under scrutiny, with reports a new one could be implemented in the future.

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