Gold Coast severed ties with Michael Gordon after the former NRL player was arrested and charged with multiple drug offenses.
The 37-year-old was one of seven people arrested after a New South Wales police investigation into the supply of MDMA and cocaine on the state’s north coast and in south-eastern Queensland .
Police said they feared the so-called drug syndicate could be targeted during school celebrations.
Gordon, who played 261 NRL matches before retiring at the end of 2019, has been charged with two counts of supplying prohibited drugs and two counts of possession of prohibited drugs.
He has been released on bail and is scheduled to appear in Tweed Heads local court on December 14.
The seven arrests followed a six-month interstate investigation into a cocaine and ecstasy supply racket.
The group was taken into custody following raids on nine properties on the north coast of New South Wales and south-east Queensland on Saturday morning.
Strike Force Caved investigators also seized steroids, over $ 60,000 in cash, cell phones and drug paraphernalia.
Tweed-Byron Crime Manager Detective Chief Inspector Brendon Cullen said on Sunday that the arrests came at a crucial time, with thousands of school leavers arriving in the area.
“Byron Bay is currently one of the busiest places on the east coast of Australia, with thousands of school children expected to fill coastal towns over the next few weeks,” he said.
“These drugs were destined for our streets, and these arrests will have significantly disrupted the supply chain in school zones.”
Among those arrested is a 21-year-old man in custody on the Gold Coast, with detectives due to request his extradition to NSW on Monday.
A 31-year-old man apprehended in Miami, Queensland is also the subject of an interstate claim.
A 22-year-old man arrested at a house south of Tweed Heads has been charged with 20 offenses, including supplying drugs and participating in a criminal group. He was denied bail to appear in Lismore local court.
A 20-year-old woman and man, 21, are charged with supplying drugs and participating in a criminal group and face Monday at the local Tweed Heads court.
Hours after his arrest, the Titans released a brief statement confirming that Gordon would no longer work with them as a specialist coach.
“Michael has worked on a contract basis, providing specialist coaching services to the club over the past season,” said the Titans.
“He will not be providing services to the club until further notice.”
Full-back goal-defender, Gordon has made an appearance in home state for NSW over the course of his long career which has included stints at Penrith, Cronulla, Parramatta and the Sydney Roosters.
A junior player from Tweed Coast, Gordon joined the Titans before the 2018 season and played 36 games for them before retiring.