Former kayaking World champion Nathan Baggaley has pleaded guilty to two drug manufacturing charges in a Sydney court. The Australian, winner of two silver medals at the 2004 Athens Olympics and three gold medals at the World Championships was accused on the grounds of manufacture, import and supply of large amount of drugs. Some charges were withdrawn when Baggaley admitted that he was part of a larger conspiracy to market and manufacture a marketable quantity of meth.
International Canoe Federation had suspended Baggaley in 2005 after he tested positive for a banned steroid in 2005. Australian Federal Police took him to custody in 2013. His brother Dru Baggaley also pleaded guilty for assisting Nathan in manufacturing drugs.
What is ‘meth’?
Methamphetamine is a stimulant drug, the effects of which include exhilarated, paranoid, feeling agitated, confused and aggressive. Long term use of the substance can also cause brain damage.
Baggaley will be sentenced on March 13 in Sydney.