Australian futsal rep fined over drugs

A MEMBER of the Australian Futsalroos indoor soccer team showed weakness in his charter when police found him with cocaine, cannabis and ecstasy, a Mildura court has been told.

Police raided a motel room where Anh Tuan Cao was staying while in Mildura for business in July last year and discovered 1.3 grams of cocaine in his wallet, 7.7 grams of ecstasy (MDMA) and five capsules of cannabis totalling 3.02 grams.

The Mildura Magistrates’ Court was told Cao had been under family and work pressure and had travelled to Mildura to look after a local vineyard he owned after the farm manager left the operation.

His defence counsel said there had also been “significant difficulty” in the family home over finances and his client had self-medicated on “a relatively small amount” of drugs.

The court was told Cao had represented Australia as an indoor soccer player and coach and a conviction would threaten his participation in the 2019 AMF Men’s Futsal World Cup in Argentina next month.

Magistrate Andrew Capell said that while Cao had an otherwise unblemished character, by purchasing three different substances he was supporting an illegal trade.

“It’s all about the general community,” Mr Capell said.

The magistrate said there were many small business owners who struggled like Cao but did not take drugs and that should not be used as an excuse on the weakness of the accused man’s character.

Cao was fined $1500 without conviction.

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