The former Australian and Queensland player has now had his trafficking charge downgraded to supply, as Smith’s lawyers argued at the Toowoomba Magistartes Court that the drugs were for Smith’s own personal use.
It has been alleged that Smith secretly paid $30,000 to wine salesman John Touma over a period of seven months, and as much as $1000 per week during that time.
The 43-year old will now face seven charges of supply and one of his lawyers, Daniel Hannay, said the downgrading of Smith’s charge was the right decision.
“(The charges) are supplying to others, but the defence’s position is that they will be negotiated with the (prosecution) as a supply to himself,” Hannay told the Daily Mail.
“We’re hopeful it’s not going to trial. He’s depressed in that regard and ashamed. He wants to put this behind him.”
Smith, along with his friend Jason Woods, had originally been charged with trafficking 280g of cocaine from June of 2014 until their arrest as part of a Crime and Corruption Commission investigation.
The former Hull FC, Paramatta Eels and Canterbury Bulldogs star refused to comment when leaving the Toowoomba Magistartes, and is now to appear at a District Court in Toowoomba, although a date has yet to be arranged.
Smith spent four seasons with the Airlie Birds, from 2001 to 2004, making 80 appearances for the club.