Wallaby Karmichael Hunt cleared of cocaine possession
By The Associated Press
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Wallabies rugby star Karmichael Hunt has avoided conviction on a charge of cocaine possession after prosecutors determined there was insufficient evidence.
However, Hunt was fined $600 in the Brisbane Magistrates Court Monday on a charge of possessing alprazolam - a tablet of Xanax - and for failing to provide identification to police when required.
Police had alleged the 31-year-old Hunt was in possession of cocaine when he was searched in a car park in the inner city Brisbane suburb of Fortitude Valley on December 30.
His lawyer, Adam Magill, indicated earlier this month police would not pursue the cocaine charge because of a lack of evidence.
Hunt has been stood down from all duties since his arrest by his Queensland Reds team, which begins its Super Rugby season on Friday.
Updated February 18, 2018