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NRL veteran Michael Gordon dropped from Titans job after alleged involvement in major drug operation

“Michael has been working on a contract basis, providing specialist coaching services to the club over the past season,” the statement read.

“He will not be providing services to the club until further notice.

“The club will make no further comment as the issue is now with police.”

Gordon retired last year after playing for six NRL clubs and NSW across 14 seasons. He was nominated by the Titans for the 2019 Ken Stephen medal, the NRL’s award recognising a player’s work in the community.

Police allege that in May this year detectives established a strike force to investigate the distribution of illicit drugs in areas on the NSW Far North Coast and south-east Queensland.

As a result of the investigation, detectives executed five search warrants at Casuarina and Terranora in NSW, and four at Robina, Burleigh Waters and Miami in Queensland on Saturday.

During the searches, investigators seized cocaine, MDMA, steroids, more than $60,000 cash, mobile phones and drug paraphernalia. Six men and one woman were arrested during the operation, with further arrests expected.

Tweed and Byron Police District Crime Manager Detective Chief Inspector Brendon Cullen said the drugs could have ended up in the hands of young school leavers.

Michael Gordon scores a try for the Roosters in 2017. Credit:Getty

“Byron Bay is one of the busiest places on the east coast of Australia right now, with thousands of schoolies expected to fill coastal towns during the coming weeks,” he said.

“These drugs were bound for our streets, and these arrests will have significantly disrupted the supply chain into the schoolies areas.”

Chief Inspector Cullen said police would allege the syndicate was operating across the border.

“We are extremely pleased to be able to put these people before the courts,” he said.

Gordon had stints at the Panthers, Cronulla, Parramatta, the Roosters and the Titans. He also represented NSW in State of Origin in 2010.

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