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Former A-League star Caceres jailed for dealing ice

04:26 SAST 2019/03/18
Adrian Caceres Melbourne Victory
The South American-born attacker has been sent to prison

A-League championship winner Adrian Caceres has been jailed for 18 months after being found guilty of dealing meth in the aftermath of his professional football career.

The 37-year-old appeared in the District Court of Western Australia to admit one charge of possessing methamphetamine with intent to sell or supply, after he was found with 11 grams of ice outside a Jolimont address in August 2017.

In addition to the drugs, Caceres was also discovered with approximately 50 small snap lock bags, with some having traces of a white crystal substance.

The court was told the Argentine-born winger used meth between the ages of 21 and 35 - during a time he played for four A-League clubs, including Perth Glory, Melbourne Victory, Central Coast Mariners and Wellington Phoenix.

"The quantity of the drugs, the number of clip seal bags ... indicate to me on the face of it, that your client is a low-level user-dealer for reward," Judge Simon Stone said during sentencing.

"Methamphetamine causes a significant amount of misery. Not only to the addicts but to the family of the addicts and to the community. Because it is so crime related.

"Most of the crimes that come before this court, most of the offending that comes before this court, is related to methamphetamine use, or illicit substances, in one way or another.”

Caceres won the A-League championship and minor premiership with Victory in 2007, scoring three goals in his 22 appearances that season.

He will be eligible for early release in September with his parole backdated to December.