Olympic swimmer Scott Miller has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for playing a “central role” in a drug supply operation.
Scott Miller : Prison | Charlotte Dawson wedding
Coached by Barry Prime, the Manly-born swimmer emerged onto the international scene as a 19-year-old at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, British Columbia, where he won the 100 m butterfly and the 4×100 m medley relay.
In 1995, he became the World Short Course champion in the 200 m butterfly, and established himself as a contender for the 1996 Olympics.
While competing at the Pan Pacific Championships in Atlanta that year, he was jailed for a night after intervening in a fight outside a nightclub. He was later cleared of wrongdoing.
At the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Miller was the fastest qualifier for the 100 m butterfly final, setting a new Olympic record of 52.89s in his heat, raising Australian hopes of a first gold at these Olympics.
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Former Olympic swimmer Scott Miller sentenced to five years in prison for drug supply.
The court heard a forensic lab found the methamphetamine had been melted into the candle wax.
Miller has been convicted and sentenced to five years and six months jail, and will be eligible for parole in February 2024.
Miller, 47, was sentenced in the NSW District Court alongside two accomplices, Wayne Allan Johnson, 49 and Justin Szabolics, 47, who also pleaded guilty to several charges including supplying methamphetamine and heroin and participating in a criminal group.
In January 2021, the District Court heard Miller had a secret compartment in a Toyota Camry that he used to transport methamphetamine, hidden in eight white candles.
Hidden cameras installed in the car by police tracked Miller and Johnson on a trip from Balmain to Yass, where they handed the drugs and the car over to Szabolics and another man who has already been sentenced.
The pair were arrested after speeding away from a random roadside police stop, and dumping the bag of drugs behind a tree near the Hume Highway.
A search warrant of Miller’s home in Rozelle in February 2021 uncovered commercial quantities of heroin in a bag in his wardrobe, several mobile phones and more than $72,000 in proceeds of crime which was stashed in a bag and hidden inside a locked safe.
Charlotte Dawson wedding
Miller married New Zealand television star Charlotte Dawson in 1999, a well-known figure in Australian media.
Dawson was regarded as a fashion guru, featuring in daytime show Beauty and the Beast, FOX8’s Australia’s Next Top Model and the second season of The Celebrity Apprentice Australia.
But the powerhouse couple separated in 2000, their marriage lasting just one year.
Dawson was found dead at her Woolloomooloo home in February 2014, following a long and very public battle with depression.
Her body was discovered the morning after Miller’s 39th birthday.
A week earlier, Miller had appeared on 60 Minutes to talk about his issues and the role it had played in the breakdown of their marriage.
Miller came back from suspension ahead of the 2000 Olympics but did not gain selection for the Sydney Games, surpassed by Australian swimming icons Michael Klim and Geoff Huegill.
The pair combined for two golds, two silvers and a bronze in the 2000 Olympics, renowned as one of Australia’s most successful swimming campaigns.
Although Miller returned to the pool soon after, his comeback was uneventful.