League legend linked to cocaine cartel: police

TOOWOOMBA-BASED State of Origin legend Jason Smith is connected to a multi-million dollar cocaine cartel, according to police.

Details of the connection allegedly involving Smith and fellow former NRL star Matt Seers have emerged.

A Courier Mail report quoted a police source saying cocaine trafficking charges against Toowoomba resident Smith and former North Sydney Bears and Wests Tigers player Seers were linked to a major Crime and Corruption Commission drug operation.

Smith, 42, was photographed wearing a Rehab Island design t-shirt when he attended Toowoomba Magistrates Court on Wednesday to sign bail documents.

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Jason Smith with his 1998 State of Origin winning jersey.
Jason Smith with his 1998 State of Origin winning jersey. Dave Noonan

A day earlier, Seers' case was mentioned briefly at Southport Magistrates Court, on the Gold Coast.

Smith and Seers, a one-time NSW Origin representative, were arrested on different days in different cities but both have been charged with trafficking cocaine in what police and the Crime and Corruption Commission will allege was a major drug operation.

Little was said in court during both appearances.

The report said police documents revealed the duo, who between them racked up more than 400 NRL games and 20 Origin clashes, were banned from contacting each other during their respective cases.

Smith, was arrested on January 5 and charged with trafficking cocaine.

He faces a second charge after police allegedly found a set of scales and two spoons used in connection with drug trafficking.

Seers has also been accused of drug trafficking and taking part in more than a dozen drug deals on the Gold Coast and in Toowoomba between August and December last year.

Smith's lawyer Chris Hannay, of Gold Coast firm Hannay Lawyers, on Wednesday appeared on Smith's and his co-accused Jason Wood's behalf for the first mention of cocaine trafficking charges that were laid on January 5.

Mr Hannay was the subject of media attention last year when he launched a $1.2 million defamation suit against then Premier Campbell Newman and Attorney General Jarrod Bleijie.

The lawyer, whose other clients have included bikies, claimed comments made in February last year by the two politicians criticising criminal lawyers were specifically aimed at him.

Smith and Wood are next due to face Toowoomba Magistrates Court on May 6.

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