STOKES ON COKE CHARGES
Ben Jensen 3 February 2010
By Ben Jensen
GEELONG PREMIERSHIP FORWARD MATTHEW STOKES has been charged with drugs
charges, including possession of and trafficking cocaine. The shock
news came as the club quickly announced Stokes, who was granted bail,
has been banned from all activities with the Geelong Football Club.
Stokes, who sported a Movember-esque appearance, is due to reappear
in the Geelong Magistrate's Court on 12 March. It is alleged Stokes
purchased one gram of cocaine for $500 on January 19 in Grovedale. Police
detected the activities as part of a wider investigation.
evidence given by police in court and statements made outside make quite
graphic reading. According to Senior Constable Matthew Plunkett Stokes
and a co-accused, Matthew Randall of Grovedale, exchanged phone calls
and text messages, with the transaction taking place later the same
day with follow up texts in days after.
over prices on 19 January 2010, Randall allegedly told Stokes it
would be 500 for straight up or 350 for not so high quality but still
good. Senior Constable Matthew Plunkett said the 500 and
350 referred to one gram of cocaine.
responded that he would have "some of each" and would contact
Randall when was finished at the footy club.
On 20 January,
Randall allegedly texted Stokes, inquiring if he had "had a go".
Two days later
Stokes allegedly replied, stating that a mate had tested
it and it was very good shit.
Inspector Michael Baker, speaking outside court, told the press pack
no other Geelong players were under investigation. He explained Stokes
was arrested this morning, after which his home and vehicle were searched,
while no drugs were found. He said it was not alleged Stokes himself
took the drugs. We have nothing to suggest he had taken
it himself. He was very helpful.
We are disappointed
by the turn of events today, Geelong CEO Brian Cook said.
gravity of the charges the club has decided that Mathew will be stood
down from all club activity as we attempt to gather all the facts
of this matter.
not a rush to judgment but a reflection on the seriousness of the
situation. It is important for Mathew that he deals with legal issues
at hand as his first priority.
As we have
in the past, the club will not rush to formulate a long term determination
of any penalty. Mathew is obviously very upset by what has happened
and we will give him a little time to gather his thoughts and then
we will sit down with him and work through the situation.
has been in contact with the AFL throughout the day to ensure they
have been kept informed.
is any update to this situation the club will make further statement.