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Ben Cousins. Picture: Michael O'Brien/The West Australian

Fallen West Coast Eagles star Ben Cousins will face court next month on a fresh drugs charge after he was allegedly caught with a bag containing traces of an illicit substance.

It is understood the father of two was stopped by local officers while driving in Bicton last October and they allegedly found the package while searching his car.

Tests were done on the seized item and Cousins has now been charged with possessing a prohibited drug.

He is expected to appear in Fremantle Magistrate's Court on February 11.

The alleged incident came about two months after the 35-year-old was attacked and threatened by another man in front of relatives, including children, at a small East Fremantle park.

Police were called to the park and spoke to witnesses but no complaint was made.

Cousins has not been far from the spotlight since a devastating battle with methamphetamine addiction ultimately ended his stellar 12-year career with the Eagles in 2007.

The Brownlow medallist, who joined the WA side in 1995, was sacked after a two-year period in which he ran away from a booze bus, admitted his battle with substance abuse on national TV and was charged with possessing a prohibited drug — a charge later dropped.

He returned to the AFL with the Richmond Tigers in 2009 before retiring in 2010.

The fallout from his drug use has included dramatic relapses, hospital admission for drug-induced psychosis and an $800 fine in June 2012 for drug offences, including possessing 4.56g of methamphetamine.

Cousins has a young son and daughter with former partner Maylea Tinecheff.

The West Australian

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