Mark Thompson's Port Melbourne home. Inset:
Mark Thompson's Port Melbourne home. Inset: "Bomber" Thompson.

Bomber Thompson charged with drug trafficking

MARK "Bomber" Thompson has been charged with drug trafficking.

The former Essendon player and Geelong premiership coach fronted court on Tuesday afternoon and was granted bail on a $20,000 surety and under strict conditions.

Thompson faced Melbourne Magistrates Court on a number of drug offences. He must surrender his passport, live at a fixed address and cannot leave the state of Victoria.

"He looks like an absolutely shattered man," Fox Sports News reporter Julian de Stoop said from court.   "For 20 minutes, 18 of those he had his head in his hands. The only time he lifted his head was to shake his head at something the prosecution had said."   The court heard police feared Thompson would use his yacht and fortune to flee Australia. They opposed bail on fears he was a flight risk.   "Mr Thompson has access to a large amount of funds and a yacht as well," Det. Sen-Const Naomi Bourke said. A Geelong court was told on Monday that ecstasy tablets and ice pipes were found in Thompson's locked bedroom during the raid.

Police also alleged during the hearing that Thompson's DNA was found on packaging containing more than 33g of ice, 4.2g of amphetamines and an LSD tablet.

Victoria Police confirmed a 54-year-old Port Melbourne man had been arrested and charged with a number of offences.

The charges are trafficking ecstasy and methyl amphetamine, and possessing amphetamine, ecstasy, LSD and a  prescription drug without prescription.

Police said the charges related to a search warrant which was executed at a Port Melbourne address on January 5.

with Fox Sports