20 Feb 2015

Karmichael Hunt on cocaine charges - report

12:37 pm on 20 February 2015

Code-hopping rugby union star Karmichael Hunt has been arrested on charges of supplying cocaine, according to reports in Australia.

Karmichael Hunt

Karmichael Hunt Photo: PHOTO NZ

The New Zealand-born Hunt, who is the vice-captain of the Queensland Reds, was arrested last night.

News Corp reports the charges against follow an operation by Queensland's Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC).

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 court on 5 March.

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.