Former Perth Glory, Central Coast, Melbourne Victory and Wellington Phoenix midfielder and A-League championship winner Adrian Caceres has been jailed for more than a year, after admitting becoming a meth dealer when his top-flight football career ended.
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Caceres, 37, appeared in the District Court to plead guilty to one charge of possessing methylamphetamine with intent to sell or supply, after being caught outside a Jolimont address in August 2017 with more than 11 grams of ice.
Along with the drugs, about 50 small snap lock deal bags, some containing a white crystal substance, were also discovered by police.
The court was told Caceres, above, had used meth between the ages of 21 and 35, during which time he had played for four A-League clubs, including Perth Glory in 2005-6.
He won an A-League title with Melbourne Victory in 2007.
His lawyer Louis Kristopher said Caceres struggled to reintegrate when his soccer career ended.
“As he moved from the profession of soccer and going into a relationship, and then trying to reintegrate into the real world and a job other than only playing soccer, made him use drugs,” Mr Kristopher said.
Judge Simon Stone said Caceres accepted, and he agreed, that he was a low-level user-dealer selling the drug to friends.
“The quantity of the drugs, the number of clip seal bags … indicate to me on the face of it, that your client is a low-level user-dealer for reward,” Judge Stone said.
And Judge Stone said the crimes were made worse because the dealing offence was committed while on bail for a breach of a violence restraining order.
“Methylamphetamine causes a significant amount of misery. Not only to the addicts but to the family of the addicts and to the community. Because it is so crime related,” Judge Stone said.
“Most of the crimes that come before this court, most of the offending that comes before this court, is related to methylamphetamine use, or illicit substances, in one way or another.”
He jailed Caceres for 18 months, with eligibility for parole after nine months, backdated to December.
Where to get help
The first step is recognising there is a problem with drugs. If you have a problem, you could try talking to someone such as a family member, teacher or doctor about what to do next. If you’re concerned about someone else, find out how you can help them with their drug problem.
You can call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Druginfo on 1300 85 85 84 if you need to talk to someone about drugs abuse, addiction and rehabilitation.
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