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Ex-NRL player Joe Vickery fined for cocaine possession

AAP logoAAP 23/09/2016 Evan Schwarten

Former Gold Coast NRL player Joe Vickery. © AAP Image Former Gold Coast NRL player Joe Vickery. Ex-NRL player Joe Vickery has been fined and will perform community service after pleading guilty to possessing cocaine.

Vickery was fined $1000 and ordered to do 120 hours of community service at a sentencing hearing at Southport District Court on Friday.

No conviction was recorded.

The 27-year-old was one of several current and former Gold Coast Titans arrested following a Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) investigation into a cocaine trafficking ring in the state.

Vickery and former teammates Jamie Dowling and Dave Taylor have pleaded guilty to their charges.

Code-hopping star Karmichael Hunt and ex-rugby league player Jason Smith have also been sentenced after admitting using cocaine following the same CCC investigation.

The court heard Vickery had bought 9.5 grams of cocaine over three months in 2014 from alleged kingpin John Touma.

On one occasion Vickery had bought 3.5 grams to be shared among himself and friends, the court heard.

Judge Katherine McGuinness said Vickery's lack of any criminal record and his early guilty plea helped him avoid a more serious punishment.

"He's very fortunate this does appear to be out of character for him," Judge McGuinness said.

Dowling will face a sentencing hearing on Monday.

Former Australia and Queensland State of Origin representative Taylor is due in court in November when he returns from France where he is currently playing.

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