Former West Coast Eagles star Adam Hunter has been fined $400 for possessing a small amount of cocaine when stopped by police for a random breath test north of Geraldton in January.
Hunter entered an endorsed plea of guilty in the Geraldton Magistrate’s Court.
In a document provided to the court, Hunter admitted possessing 1.9 grams of the prohibited drug on North West Coastal Highway near the Coronation Beach Road turnoff on January 19.
Neither Hunter nor his lawyer appeared in court, but in a submission the lawyer unsuccessfully asked Magistrate Richard Bromfield to grant Hunter a spent conviction to avoid potentially adverse impacts on his future employment of a criminal record.
Mr Bromfield said the submission indicated that accused was a casual user of the drug at the time of the offence and, coupled with prior convictions, he could not be satisfied that Hunter would not reoffend.
The court was told Hunter was stopped by police just after 1.30pm on January 10 when he was driving a Toyota Landcruiser Prado south on North West Coastal Highway.
A police search of the vehicle located the cocaine in a small clipseal bag in the front ashtray.
Hunter was ordered to pay costs of $147 and the drug is to be destroyed.
UPDATE: February 14. Great Northern Football League club Northampton was in talks with Hunter last year with the view to securing the star's services for 2014. But the club revealed today it had decided against the move because Hunter was out of their price range.