WATCH: Dramatic footage as former NRL player Brandon Wakeham arrested on alleged drug supply charges after training at Brookvale Oval

Matt Shrivell
The Nightly
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NSW Police arrest former NRL player Brandon Wakeham over alleged drug supply charges.

NSW Police have released footage capturing the moment they arrested former NRL player Brandon Wakeham on drug supply charges following a training session at Brookvale Oval.

Wakeham, 25, who played in the NRL for Canterbury from 2019-2022 and the Wests Tigers last year, has been released on bail after being charged in connection with a drug seizure where Strike Force Raptor froze $10 million in assets.

Police lay in wait for Wakeham who had just completed a training session for the Blacktown Workers, which is a feeder team to the Manly Sea Eagles NRL side, before arresting him and taking him to Manly Police Station to be charged.

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He faced the following charges: Take part supply a prohibited drug greater than a large commercial quantity, take part supply prohibited drug (greater than indictable and less than commercial quantity), and participate in a criminal group.

The Daily Telegraph reported Wakeham appeared in a video link from the adjacent Manly Police Station as his solicitor Mr Elias Tabchouri told the court there was ‘’no evidence, based on the facts presented in the prosecution case, of any wrongdoing by Mr Wakeham”.

“They search his home and, guess what, they find nothing,” Mr Tabchouri said.

“(There are) question marks on his role in the offending.”

Brandon Wakeham playing the Tigers last year.
Brandon Wakeham playing the Tigers last year. Credit: JONO SEARLE/AAPIMAGE

Magistrate Robyn Denes granted bail and said, there was ‘not a strong prosecution case in relation to some of the allegations against Wakeham’.

No pleas were entered.

The Manly Sea Eagles released a statement addressing the issue.

“The Manly Warringah Sea Eagles have been made aware of an incident involving Brandon Wakeham, a Blacktown Workers contracted player, who has been arrested and charged on drug-related matters,” the club statement reads.

“The club understands he is scheduled to appear in Manly Court today, and confirms that it has notified the NRL integrity unit that it will fully cooperate in all aspects of the matter.”

Police also arrested three men on Wednesday about the allegedly fed drug trafficking and a 24-year-old man in Chester Hill where they found 1kg of MDMA, 56g of cocaine, and around $50,000 in cash in his car.

NSW Police arrested former NRL player Brandon Wakeham over alleged drug supply charges.
NSW Police arrested former NRL player Brandon Wakeham over alleged drug supply charges. Credit: Supplied

Police say they searched a Bexley apartment and found an encrypted criminal communication device and other relevant items.

The 24-year-old man, who was also refused bail, is facing 12 charges including five commercial drug supply offences, supplying an unregistered firearm, and five counts of knowingly dealing with proceeds of crime.

A third man - a 47-year-old - was arrested in Ramsgate and hit with 10 charges including seven commercial drug supply offences and knowingly directing activities of a criminal group.

After his arrest, police say they searched a Sans Souci home and seized electronics, drugs, and other items.

They also froze $10 million in assets allegedly linked to the 47-year-old.

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