Former Essendon player and coach Mark ‘Bomber’ Thompson will fight drugs charges at a hearing next year, with his lawyer telling the court “there’s no financial incentive” for him to be involved in trafficking drugs.
In early May, the 54-year-old was charged with seven offences, including trafficking methamphetamine and ecstasy, as well as drug possession.
The Melbourne Magistrates Court heard that when police raided his Port Melbourne home in January, they found 134 grams of ecstasy, 31.8 grams of methylamphetamine, 9.5 Xanax tablets, and one LSD tablet.
The court heard some of the drugs were found in Thompson’s bedroom, which could only be accessed via an electronic keypad.
Some drugs were found in a lockbox located in a separate part of the home, as well as in a desk drawer in a study.
The court heard some of the drugs were divided into clear resealable “deal” bags. Scales were also seized by police.
Prosecutor Jeff Adams told the court handwritten notes were also found in the dining area of the house.
Defence lawyer Peter Matthews said there was “no financial incentive” for Thompson to be involved in trafficking.
“It makes no sense for my client to be involved in the circumstances,” he said.
Thompson, a former coach for AFL teams Geelong and Essendon, played 202 games for the Bombers, captaining the club and winning three premierships.
He went on to win two flags as coach at Geelong in 2007 and 2009.
Thompson returned to Essendon as an assistant coach under James Hird, and took over the senior coaching role at the club for a season in 2014.