By Shayne Bugden For Daily Mail Australia and Callum Godde For Australian Associated Press
Published: 23:22 EDT, 21 May 2022 | Updated: 08:21 EDT, 22 May 2022
Friends of former St Kilda star Sam Fisher have revealed he was hit by a string of intense personal setbacks that left him broken and severely depressed before police charged him with drug trafficking.
The 39-year-old was charged with trafficking commercial quantities of illicit drugs after a raid on a Melbourne property last Wednesday morning that saw detectives allegedly seize methylamphetamine, 1,4-Butanediol and a Mercedes-Benz.
Fisher opted not to appear when his case was mentioned in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Wednesday, with his lawyer stating he had chosen to remain in custody, and the case has been adjourned until August 10.
Now friends of the former highly rated defender say a breakup with a former girlfriend combined with injuries from his playing days and a lack of job options put Fisher in a dark place prior to the bombshell from police.
Fisher's friend said the star had to 'start from scratch again' after losing everything in a terrible break-up with an ex-girlfriend
Fisher (pictured outside a Melbourne court in 2011) is still in custody after a police raid led to him being hit with serious drugs charges
'The break-up f***ed him. She took the house, his superannuation, she got everything,' a mate of Fisher's told the Herald Sun.
'He was that f***ked he had to start from scratch again.'
The friend added that the ex-Saints star devoted his life to nothing but football after joining St Kilda aged 20, was left with few job options when he retired in 2016 and even asked the club for money after he was finished playing.
To make matters worse, his 12-year, 228-game AFL career took a huge toll on him physically.
'He was in a deep depression. His body was f***ed and he needed help,' the friend said.
A highly rated defender who starred in 228 games including two grand finals for St Kilda, Fisher was left with few options after his career because he devoted himself totally to football, his friend said
Fisher's charges were laid after WA Police seized a parcel on April 20 with $129,000 inside that was allegedly meant to be delivered to a Melbourne address.
Another parcel allegedly from Melbourne, containing about one kilogram of methylamphetamine and 84 grams of cocaine concealed inside a kitchen appliance, was intercepted by WA police on the same day.
Police will allege that drugs of dependence were regularly being concealed in white goods and sent from Melbourne to Perth.
Detective Inspector Craig Darlow of the Trident Taskforce said the bust was a 'remarkable result'.
'He needed help,' said Fisher's mate, who also claimed the star asked St Kilda for money when he finished playing
'There may be a perception drugs can be easily concealed, however we have seen time and time again, the ability of police to detect and seize these substances,' he said in a statement.
'This is a warning that regardless of where you are or where how you operate, we will target those involved in the manufacture and trafficking of illicit drugs and hold them to account.'
Fisher was named St Kilda's best and fairest in 2008 and 2011 and starred for the club in two grand finals.
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