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Greyhound trainer charged after allegedly corrupting outcome of race by supplying dog with alcohol

Thursday, 18 August 2022 03:58:30 AM

A greyhound trainer has been charged by Organised Crime Squad detectives after he allegedly administered a dog with alcohol to corrupt the outcome of a race event in the state’s Central West last year.

In April 2021, detectives attached to the State Crime Command’s Organised Crime Squad, together with the NSW Crime Commission (NSWCC), established Strike Force Grighton to investigate a criminal syndicate suspected to be involved in the supply of prohibited drugs between Sydney and the Central West.

The investigation has been assisted by investigators attached to Dubbo Region Enforcement Squad, Central West Police District and the Greyhound Welfare Integrity Commission.

Throughout the investigation, detectives seized 34kg of cannabis and other prohibited drugs.

So far, five men – aged between 23 and 38 – have all been charged over their alleged involvement in the syndicate and remain before the courts.

As part of ongoing inquiries, detectives identified a greyhound race meeting in June 2021 that had allegedly been subject to fraudulent activity.

Following further inquiries, strike force detectives executed a search warrant at a property in Larass Lee at 7.30am on Wednesday 20 July 2022.

A 63-year-old man was arrested at the property and taken to Orange Police Station.

He was charged with two counts of use corrupt conduct information to bet on event, and one count each of engage in conduct that corrupts betting outcome of event, and possess corrupt conduct info communicate to other.

Police will allege in court the man – who is a greyhound dog trainer – administered alcohol to one of his dogs prior to a race meeting and then wagered a successful bet against a rival dog totalling $4,000.

He was granted conditional bail to appear at Orange Local Court today (Thursday 18 August 2022).

Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Grighton investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.