20 Feb 2015

Karmichael Hunt on cocaine charges: report

2:07 pm on 20 February 2015

The code-hopping rugby union player Karmichael Hunt has reportedly been arrested on charges of supplying cocaine.

News Corp reports the charges against the Queensland Reds vice-captain follow an operation by Queensland's Crime and Corruption Commission, and he was arrested on Thursday night.

The CCC released a statement on Friday morning which said they had charged four people as part of an investigation into a cocaine trafficking syndicate in southeast Queensland.

Among them was a 28-year-old man from Hendra who was facing four counts of drug supply and is due to appear at the Southport Magistrates Court on March 5.

The Australian Rugby Union and Queensland Rugby Union has issued a joint statement saying they're aware of reports regarding Hunt, and the ARU's Integrity team and the QRU are making enquiries into the reports.

They say they'll be in a position to comment in more detail once those enquiries have progressed.

Hunt was on Thursday named at fullback for the Reds in their match against the Western Force at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.

The Reds postponed their pre-match captain's press conference on Friday morning as reports of Hunt's arrest spread.

Hunt's manager David Riolo could not be contacted immediately for comment.

A former rugby league international and Brisbane Broncos NRL star, Hunt joined the Reds this season following a stint in AFL with the Gold Coast Suns.