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Eagles players 'caught on police tapes'

By Adam Cooper and Roger Vaughan 23/03/2007 08:15:27 PM Comments (0)

West Coast are embroiled in a fresh drugs controversy, as star player Daniel Kerr and former Eagle Aaron Edwards were named as featuring in a police drugs operation.

The ABC reported it had obtained hundreds of hours of police audio surveillance discs.

It broadcast a recording said to be of Kerr talking to a convicted drug dealer and suggesting he ordered quantities of the drug ketamine, which is used for veterinary purposes but can also be a recreational drug.

The recordings, which date back to 2003, come at the end of a terrible week for West Coast, which suspended former captain Ben Cousins indefinitely.

Cousins' father Bryan on Thursday night confirmed his son had a substance abuse problem.

The ABC also named Edwards, a former Eagles player now with the Kangaroos, and West Sydney Razorbacks NBL player James Harvey, a former player with the Perth Wildcats, as being caught in the police phone taps.

A West Coast spokesman said the club was unlikely to investigate the matter despite its recent admission it has a drug problem and following the revelations of Cousins' problems.

"The police didn't think it was worth pursuing in 2003, so I don't know what we can do," the spokesman said.

"We have nothing to say. I don't know how serious it is.

"We are not going to react every time someone has a pot shot at one of our players."

Kerr's manager did not return calls.

The AFL was not immediate available for contact.

West Coast last month admitted Kerr, 23, was letting the club down with his off-field indiscretions.

Although one of the club's best players, Kerr has regularly been on the wrong side of the law.

He was fined $1,800 in Perth Magistrate's Court last month for drunkenly jumping on the boot of a taxi, ripping off the aerial and throwing it in the driver's face, injuring the man.

Kerr jumped on the taxi after being thrown out of a Perth hospital for being drunk.

Kerr and his father Robert are also awaiting trial, having pleaded not guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm charges stemming from a fight at a party in the Perth suburb of Attadale in January.

Kerr also fought with Cousins during the celebrations after the Eagles' 2002 best and fairest count.

In 2004 Kerr was fined $400 in the Perth Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to forging and presenting a forged prescription for Valium at a Perth chemist.

His then lawyer Peter Momber said "hospital-phobic" Kerr had been given the blank script at a party and used it in the hope of alleviating pain and anxiety he was suffering after undergoing surgery.

Ketamine is sold in either powdered or liquid form and can be snorted, smoked, injected or placed in drinks.

Comment was being sought from the Kangaroos.

An NBL spokesman said it was premature to comment on the report or to say whether the league would investigate the claims against Harvey.

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