Bulldogs caught up in NRL Magic Round corporate suite drug bust

Matt Shrivell
The Nightly
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Suncorp Stadium during Magic Round
Suncorp Stadium during Magic Round Credit: Supplied

The Canterbury Bankstown NRL club has been embroiled in a drug bust drama after one of its sponsors’ corporate suites was reportedly raided by police during Magic Round.

Queensland police sniffer dogs were sent to the suite after staff reported suspicious behaviour during the Bulldogs-Raiders match at Suncorp Stadium.

A 37-year-old man was arrested by police after a dramatic raid that saw the entire suite cleared and patrons questioned about the incident.

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Police will allege the man was in possession of a bag of cocaine whilst a guest in a corporate suite with a hospitality package worth $10,000, that had been paid for by a Bulldogs NRL club sponsor.

“A 37-year-old man was arrested at the NRL Magic Round on Friday, May 17, 2024, for alleged drug possession,” a police spokesperson told News Corp.

Canterbury CEO Aaron Warburton was notified of the incident and has been in dialogue with the NRL Integrity Unit.

“The Bulldogs have been made aware of an alleged incident involving a guest of a guest in a private suite at Magic Round,” Warburton said.

“We understand that the matter in question was referred to the Queensland police.

“The Bulldogs will fully cooperate with relevant authorities should they wish to review the matter further and remind all patrons to abide by stadium policies in line with the values of our game.”

It is not suggested that the Canterbury sponsor or the Bulldogs club, is guilty of any wrongdoing or will face sanctions from the NRL after the incident.

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