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Ben Cousins in court on drug charges

Fallen football star Ben Cousins has fronted a Perth court on a charge of possessing methylamphetamine with intent to sell or supply.

Mr Cousins appeared in Perth Magistates Court this morning and was watched during proceedings by his father, Bryan, who arrived separately.

During the brief hearing, Mr Cousins' laywer Michael Tudori noted that his client had allegedly been caught with an amount of the drug that was just over the limit allowing it to stay in the Magistrate's Court. It would have to instead be dealt with in the higher District Court.

Mr Tudori said that it was his submission that even if Mr Cousins was convicted he would not be jailed.

The lawyer asked for Mr Cousins' bail conditions, which required him to attend a local police station and reside at a certain address, to be altered.

He said there was no need for the conditions to remain because they had been put in place while he was in Esperance attending a rehabilitation clinic.

The conditions were replaced with a $2000 surety.

The charge, to which Mr Cousins has not pleaded, is the latest incident in the 33-year-old's high-profile battle with drug addiction which saw him sacked from the Eagles in 2007.

He was charged last week after police allegedly found him with 4.56g of methylamphetamine at Esperance airport.

He had been on a flight from Perth and was on his way to a rehabilitation centre.

He later left the facility after he argued with clinic staff.

Mr Cousins, who retired from football in 2010 after two seasons with the Richmond Tigers, was asked for autographs by members of the public during his attendance at court this morning.

Mr Cousins faces a maximum penalty of 25 years jail or $100,000 fine unless the charge is downgraded to simple possession, which instead carries a maximum of two years jail or a $2,000 fine.

He is due to re-appear in the Magistrates Court court June 27.

Added: Apr-2-2012 Occurred On: Apr-2-2012
By: subin
Tags: Ben cousins, footballer, football player, drugs, usage
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